Kenya Uncovers Plans by Iranian Agent to Attack Israeli Targets, Local Media Report

The suspect has been working with Kenyans to gather intel with the goal of attacking Kenyan and Israeli interests, report says

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Kenya's Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, last week.
Kenya's Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai, last week.Credit: Simon MAINA / AFP

An Iranian citizen has been linked to terror activities targeting local and Israeli interests in Kenya, local news website the Star reported Sunday, citing a recent report by Kenya's security agencies.

According to the report, Kenyan authorities suspect Mohammed Saeid Golabi worked for Iranian intelligence, and has been gathering information against both private and state-owned establishments, with the aim of planning attacks.

The reports states that Golabi has collaborated with a team of Kenyans, said to be linked to terrorist organizations. The report did not give their names or affiliation.

“We have profiled him and his contacts over time. We have enough reason to believe that he has been working with those terror groups,” a senior official from the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit told the Star.

The Star described Golabi as a frequent visitor to Kenya and neighboring countries, but did not specify whether he was currently in the country or if he had been taken into custody. 

There was no immediate comment from the Iranian government.

In February, Israeli media reported a foiled Iranian attack against an Israeli embassy in East Africa.

Intelligence officials said the attempted attack was planned by Iranian agents with dual European citizenship, whose task was to gather intelligence on Israeli sites as part of Tehran’s attempt to avenge the killings of Qasem Soleimani – killed in an American drone strike last year – and Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whose assassination, also last year, was attributed to Israel.

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