Kenya suspects Iranian man plotted to attack Israelis — report

Local paper says Mohammed Saeid Golabi suspected of being an Iranian intelligence officer active in the country

A view of Kenya's capital Nairobi (CC BY-SA Africanmodern/Wikimedia Commons)
A view of Kenya's capital Nairobi (CC BY-SA Africanmodern/Wikimedia Commons)

Kenyan authorities suspect an Iranian citizen who often visits the country of involvement in terror activity targeting Israeli and other interests in the country, a newspaper in Kenya reported Sunday.

The Star cited unnamed police officials who said Mohammed Saeid Golabi had been under surveillance for some time and were confident he was involved in various plots, including ones targeting Israel.

The outlet said Golabi was suspected of being an Iranian intelligence officer seeking to gather information on various targets with the aim of attacking them.

There was no official confirmation of the Kenyan report.

The Star did not mention any Kenyan attempt to arrest Golabi.

The report came after Israel recently said a planned attack on Israeli targets in Cyprus had been directed by Iran.

Orkhan Asadov, a 38-year-old Azerbaijani national, alongside three Pakistanis, have been indicted in Cyprus on charges of plotting to commit acts of terror. The suspects allegedly planned to kill five Israelis who live in Cyprus, according to the Politis daily. Cypriot officials have not confirmed the Israeli claim the attack was linked to Iran.

Israeli officials say Iran has been behind numerous attacks and plots targeting Israelis and Jews around the world as part of an ongoing clandestine war between the countries, and as revenge for various Israeli actions against the Islamic Republic.

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