Suspected Lebanese Terrorist Arrested in Limassol - Report
Update: A suspected Lebanese terrorist in Limassol was taken into custody last weekend in an arrest that was kept under wraps for almost a week, according to a report by Sigma TV.
The un-named man has a Swedish passport and was remanded by Limassol District Court for five days. It is believed he was aiming to carry out an act of terrorism targeting Israeli interests, possibly by an attack on a plane or a bus. The suspect's hotel room has been searched, and he reportedly arrived on the island last Thursday, travelling as a tourist.
Cyprus police were alerted by foreign secret service agencies, and the suspect is being interrogated by Mossad and CID in Limassol.
According to their information, the suspect has started talking and giving information about the plans, thought to stem from a terrorist group active in Lebanon.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Hezbollah and Teheran of being behind the plot, saying that Iran is exporting its policy of terrorism on a large scale.
The Israeli Embassy in Cyprus did not confirm or deny he story. A police spokesman said they do not have an announcement to make about the information but did not deny it.
Cyprus is no stranger to terrorist attacks against Israeli interests. On October 4, 1984, the Abu Musa organisation targeted the Israeli Embassy in Nicosia with a car bomb that exploded in the parking lot, causing severe damage to the building. Then, in May 1988, another car bomb exploded near the Israeli Embassy, killing several policemen.
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