Argentina: Intelligence officers arrest 2 Iranians on fake Israeli passports
Intelligence officers in Buenos Aires have arrested two Iranians traveling on fake Israeli passports, local media reported.
Police are treating the two, a man and a woman identified as Sajjad Samiel Naserani, 27, and Mashore Sabzali, 30, as possible terrorists.
The couple was traveling on forged Israeli passports under the fakes names of Netanel and Rivka Toledano, from Jerusalem.
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, which came in from Spain, arrived at Ezeiza international airport.
The couple was allowed into the country, before being arrested at a hotel days later in a joint operation of Interpol in Argentina, Spain, and Israel.
Authorities in Argentina have raised the level of alert, as the incident comes amid commemorations of the March 17th, 1992 bombing of the Israel Embassy in Buenos Aires, in which 29 people were murdered. Among the victims, three Israeli embassy personnel, six local embassy employees, and scores of innocent Argentineans, including elderly residents of a nearby nursing home, and schoolchildren on a passing bus.