Warning: Hizballah planning to attack Israelis abroad

Tuesday, February 03, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff  

Israeli intelligence is warning citizens traveling abroad to beware of Hizballah efforts to either abduct or kill Israelis outside the Jewish state.

A statement released by the Counterterrorism Bureau in the Prime Minister's Office said the "concrete and high-level threat" is believed to be a response to the February 12, 2008 assassination of Hizballah leader Imad Mugniyah in Damascus. The Lebanese terror group insists Israel carried out the hit, though Jerusalem denies involvement.

An official with the Counterterrorism Bureau told The Jerusalem Post that the planned attacks will likely take place on the anniversary of Mugniyah's death.

"All we can say publicly is that Hizbullah has gone to enormous effort to prepare various kinds of terror attacks, and the big one is likely going to take place soon," said the official.

According to media reports, Israeli and European intelligence agencies thwarted a possible Hizballah attack on Israelis in Europe just last week.

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