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Mossad says Pakistani terrorists in Greece were part of larger Iranian network, FM Cohen thanks Greece

Mossad says Pakistani terrorists in Greece were part of larger Iranian network, FM Cohen thanks Greece

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The two Pakistani terrorists arrested in Athens for planning to attack a Jewish restaurant synagogue were part of a more extensive Iranian network, according to the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad.

The Mossad spy agency reported the Times of Israel, said it aided Greek authorities in foiling an attempt by two Pakistanis to carry out an attack against Israeli and Jewish targets in Greece.

In a statement by the Prime Minister’s Office, Mossad says details of the “serious affair” released earlier today are part of Iran’s constant attempts to target Israelis and Jews abroad.

“After the investigation of the suspects began in Greece, the Mossad assisted in unravelling intelligence of the infrastructure, the methods of operation, and the connection to Iran,” the spy agency says.

The Mossad says the investigation revealed that the two Pakistanis were part of a “wide Iranian network that operates from Iran and out of many countries.”

The spy agency vows that together with its partners in the intelligence community, it “works by virtue of its role continuously to thwart terror attacks by Iran all over the globe.”

For their part, the European Jewish Congress thanked Greek authorities for swiftly dealing with what could have been a “horrific attack”.

“Our deepest appreciation to the Greek authorities for their swift, effective action in preventing a horrific attack on a Jewish restaurant-synagogue in Athens. Safety of Jewish life is an obligation for our democratic societies,” the EJC tweeted.

The Israeli Foreign Minister also tweeted about the incident.

“I want to thank the Greek government and intelligence and security services for thwarting the terrorist attack against Jewish and Israeli targets. Terrorism is a common enemy, and the fight against it is our top priority,” Foreign Minister Eli Cohen tweeted.

“The government of the Ayatollahs in Tehran exports terrorism to the Middle East and the entire world, and only with a firm and joint stand will we be able to stop the terrorist activities of the Iranian regime,” he added.

A Pakistani jihadi group operating in the Greek capital was unveiled to be masterminded by a man who is wanted for murder in Iran and who recruited two men aged 27 and 29 to carry out a series of targeted terrorist attacks against innocent civilians and a Jewish restaurant/synagogue.

Greek police and intelligence officers dismantled the terrorist organisation.

The first target for the series of attacks, and in which the planning was almost completed, was a Jewish restaurant that also functioned as a synagogue. The restaurant synagogue is in the central Athens neighbourhood of Psirri.

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