Israel denies reports of thwarted attack on Ehud Barak in Singapore (GUARDIAN UK) Harriet Sherwood in Jerusalem 02/17/12)
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Kuwaiti newspaper story that Mossad tipped off local agents over
threat to defence minister, ´completely wrong´ says Israel
Israeli officials have firmly denied claims that a plot to
assassinate Israel´s defence minister, Ehud Barak, in Singapore had
been thwarted by local security agencies working on information from
Al-Jarida, a Kuwaiti newspaper, said that three members of an Iranian
Hezbollah cell were detained in Singapore this week after Mossad
agents passed on intelligence.
An Israeli official said the report was "completely wrong",
adding: "No one knows anything about any incident. There has been no
Barak was in Singapore to visit the air show and meet officials. The
claim followed three attacks and attempted attacks on Israeli targets
this week, in Delhi, Tbilisi and Bangkok.
Bangkok police said on Thursday that the three suspects in the
bungled attack in the Thai capital were intending to target Israeli
The Thai authorities "know for certain that [the target] was Israeli
diplomats," said General Prewpan Dhamapong. "This issue was about
individuals and the targets were specific."
Two of the suspects, both Iranian, are in Thai police custody. The
legs of one were blown off when a device detonated. A third Iranian
suspect was detained in Malaysia.
The devices used in Bangkok were similar to those deployed in Delhi
and Tblisisi, Thai police said.
Officials from Mossad visited Delhi a week before Monday´s attack to
meet local security chiefs, according to the Times of India. The wife
of an Israeli diplomat was injured in the blast.
Israel has accused Iran of being behind all three incidents. The
security cabinet met to discuss "Iran´s involvement in repeated
attempts to attack Israeli targets," the prime minister´s office
said. (guardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2012 02/17/12)
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