Ibrahim Oruko
July 5, 2012

The arraignment in a Nairobi court of two Iranians accused of having explosives has opened a new front in the diplomatic row between Israel and Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday accused Iran of plotting terror attacks against its (Israel’s) interests in Kenya. Netanyahu further accused Tehran of being a sponsor of international terrorism. “Iranian terrorism knows no borders,” Netanyahu is quoted as saying in a statement from his office.

“After Iran sent its agents to murder the Saudi ambassador on US soil, the country has engaged in attacks in Azerbaijan, Bangkok, in Tbilisi, in New Delhi, and now we have just discovered a plot for a terrorist attack in Africa,” Netanyahu said. “The international community must fight against this major player in the world of terrorism,” he added.

According to the court charges against Ahmed Mohamud and Said Mausud, the two Iranians were arrested after they were found with 15 kilogrammes of RDX explosives in circumstances which indicated that they were armed with intent to commit a felony. They were arrested in Nairobi and led investigators to the Mombasa Golf Course on Mama Ngina Drive where the explosives were found. They both denied the charges before Principal Magistrate PC Biwott, just a day after the June 25 grenade attack on a bar in Mishomoroni area of Mombasa that killed three people.

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