An Iranian plot to target American, Emirati, and Israeli embassies in Africa was prevented in January; This follows a suspected Iranian attack on Israel’s embassy in India last week.
According to several reports, multiple Iranian agents were detained in Africa in an undisclosed country in January after being sent there to collect intelligence on American, Emirati, and Israeli embassies. Their intel-gathering was for the purpose of carrying out a future attack. The failed plot was first reported by Kan 11 News on Monday.
The Iranian individuals were arrested in more than one country, and some of those detained were European citizens with dual citizenship.
This series of attempts in Africa follows a mysterious bombing that took place outside the Israeli Embassy New Delhi, India, just last week. Following this attack, which Israeli officials classify as an act of terror, there was immediate speculation that the Iranians were involved. Should this be true, it could very well be in response to the killings of two key Iranian figures in 2020.
These figures include former Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force Commander Gen. Qassem Soleimani, and former Iranian lead nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. The US was responsible for the strike on Soleimani, while Israel’s Mossad is believed to have eliminated Fakhrizadeh.
Furthermore, Iranian aggression has grown towards the Emiratis following their normalization of diplomatic ties with the Jewish State.