Terror attack thwarted in Argentina: 2 Hezbollah terrorists, weapons nabbed
Two Muslim terrorists with Argentinian citizenship and links to Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group were arrested on Thursday ahead of the G20 summit due to take place in Buenos Aires at the end of the month, Argentina’s security ministry said in a statement.
The two terrorists, brothers aged 23 and 25, were arrested in a residence in the capital.
Police discovered an arsenal that included a rifle, one shotgun and a number of pistols, among other weapons.
Police said they discovered evidence of travel abroad “along with credentials in Arabic and an image of the Hezbollah flag.”
Argentine officials said Thursday they have arrested 12 anarchists in connection with two homemade bomb attacks two weeks before world leaders gather in Buenos Aires for the Group of 20 summit.
“We have seized fuses, powder, pipes, grinders, and nails,” the Federal Police Chief told reporters.
Officials didn’t say if the attacks were aimed at the Nov. 30-Jan. 1 summit, but the Justice Minister said security would be redoubled and a G20 summit coordinator, Hernan Lombardi, said security for the gathering was at maximum alert.
U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and other leaders are expected to attend the summit.