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Two Iranians arrested entering Argentina with fake Israeli passports

Argentine police broke up a major fake passport ring led by an Iranian regime
Argentine police broke up a major fake passport ring led by an Iranian regime

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March 18, 2019 - Argentine intelligence arrested two Iranian nationals carrying fake Israeli passports.  

Two Iranian nationals linked to the Iranian regime were arrested in Buenos Aires traveling on forged Israeli passports, just a day before the 27th anniversary of the March 17, 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires.

27-year-old Sajjad Naserani and 30-year-old Mahsoreh Sabzali—were arrested last week after entering Argentina as Netanel and Rivka Toledano, carrying passports replete with mistakes, including the spelling of “Israel.”

The ID numbers the couple used reportedly belong to a real-life French-Israeli couple, according to Argentinian media.

The two Iranians arrived in Buenos Aires from Spain. Authorities are treating the couple as possible terror suspects and have since raised the level of alert in Argentina, local daily Clarin reported.

The passports' numbers had been listed by their owners as lost or stolen, under different names. This was flagged by the Argentinian border authority after the couple, arrived at Ezeiza international airport.

This led to an investigation involving Israeli police, and the eventual arrest of the two Iranians by the counter-terrorism division of Argentina's federal intelligence agency, AFI. Their phones and camera were confiscated.

Authorities initially suspected the passports had been stolen but later concluded they were forgeries after finding numerous Hebrew spelling mistakes on the official documents.

The investigation is especially sensitive as it comes amid commemorations for the March 17th, 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in the Argentinian capital.

The suicide car bomb attack, which killed 29 and injured 242, was carried out by the Iran-backed militant group.

An attack on the AMIA Jewish center just two years later, on July 18, 1994, left another 85 people dead and hundreds injured. Both attacks were attributed to Iran and its proxy, Hezbollah.

 

Firemen and rescue workers walk through the debris of Israels Embassy after a terrorist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 17,1992

Firemen and rescue workers walk through the debris of Israels Embassy after a terrorist in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 17,1992

 

 

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A number of Iranian officials were involved in AMIA bombing:

On July 18, 1994, a Renault utility truck packed with explosives smashed into the AMIA building in the busy downtown area of the Argentine capital, leaving a scene of absolute carnage in its wake. The bombing, which came two years after a nearly identical attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, an atrocity that killed 29 people, was similarly planned and carried out by the Iranian regime and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah.

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