Reports: Iran tried to kill Saudi ambassador to Cairo

Published May 1st, 2012 - 12:25 GMT

Two Saudi dailies reported Tuesday that the Egyptian security services had foiled three months ago an Iranian plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador in Cairo. Citing an embassy official, Al-Hayat and a-Sharq dailies reported that Egyptian security services had informed the Saudi authorities of an arrest, three months ago of three Iranians.

"Egypt has detained three Iranians who planned to assassinate Ambassador Ahmed Adel Aziz Qattan," the diplomat told Al-Hayat daily. "The Saudis chose not to spread the plot," he said, adding that the ruling Egyptian Military Council had offered protection to the ambassador who had refused.

"Everybody was concerned that foreign elements may take advantage of (the recent) events outside the embassy in Cairo to attack members of the mission," said the source to a-Sharq daily.

Saudi Arabia recalled its ambassador to Cairo Saturday and closed the embassy and its consulates in Alexandria and Suez after Egyptians began protesting against the arrest of an Egyptian lawyer and human rights activist by Saudi authorities.

The United States accused Iran in October 2011 of plotting to plant a bomb on U.S. soil in order to kill the Saudi ambassador to Washington, a claim strongly denied by Tehran.

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