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Kazmi tells police Iran Guard unit attacked Israeli diplomat

Houshang Afshar Irani had initially planned to strike on January 22

A police officer probing the February 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi has claimed that journalist Syed Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi,arrested for allegedly aiding the attack,told investigators that the module behind the attack belonged to the Quds Force which conducts overseas operations for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

According to Kazmi’s interrogation report,Houshang Afshar Irani,who allegedly stuck a magnetic bomb on the Israeli embassy vehicle carrying Tal Yehoshua Koren,had initially planned to strike on January 22 but deferred it at the last moment.

Phone call records and investigations revealed that Kazmi had not been in touch with the Iranian suspects after June 2011 when he visited Tehran. It is alleged it was there that he met his handler,Syed Ali Sadr Mahdian,who asked him to avenge attacks on nuclear scientists which Iran blamed on Israeli agents.

Kazmi’s family has maintained that he had gone to Tehran to cover the 22nd death anniversary of Ayatollah Khomeini.

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On June 19,police in Mombasa,Kenya,arrested two Iranians on suspicion of plotting bomb attacks around the Israeli embassy there. Police recovered 15 kg of RDX. Agency reports said Ahmed Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi belonged to the IRGC. Several hotels along the Kenyan coast are owned by Israelis.

“During his interrogation,Kazmi mentioned that the Iranian suspects belonged to the Quds Force but we have little to prove this claim in court. Until the four suspects are arrested,nothing much can be said. If necessary,we will seek the help of Kenyan authorities to join the dots,” said a senior officer who is investigating the attack.

According to Kazmi’s interrogation report,Houshang Afshar Irani,who flew to Kuala Lumpur from Delhi on the day of the attack,was scheduled to travel to Tehran via Doha on January 22,the original date for the attack.

Earlier,investigators had linked the Delhi attack to a botched terror attack in Bangkok on February 14 and blamed it on a module headed by Sadaghatzadeh Masoud,arrested in Kuala Lumpur on February 15 as he tried to flee.

Red corner notices have already been issued against the three suspects — Houshang Afshar Irani,Syed Ali Sadr Mahdian and Abolghasemi Mohammad Reza — who are believed to be in Iran.

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