Report: Egypt foils Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi ambassador (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Avi Issacharoff 05/02/12)
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An attempt to kidnap and assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Cairo by
a group of Iranians was thwarted on Tuesday, a high-ranking Saudi
According to Muhammad Jamal Adin, who serves as the legal adviser to
the Saudi embassy in Egypt, a group of Iranians attempted to kidnap
Ambassador Ahmad Qatan, days after the same group attempted to break
into the Saudi embassy.
The attempted break-in took place after Egyptians massed outside the
Saudi embassy to protest the detention of Egyptian lawyer Ahmad Al-
Jizawi. The crowd, which included the Iranians, attempted to force
its way into the embassy.
In response to the break-in and the subsequent kidnapping attempt,
Adin said that the embassy would be shut down, along with the Saudi
consulates in Alexandria and Suez.
Adin also stated that Egyptian authorities arrested three Iranian
citizens who attempted to assassinate Qatan. Saudi Arabia and Egypt
have agreed not to release the details of the steps that will be
taken in order to safeguard the ambassador.
Iran has made previous attempt to harm Saudi diplomats, most
prominantly when a group of Iranians broke into the Saudi embassy in
Tehran in 1980. (© Copyright 2012 Ha´aretz 05/02/12)
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