Denmark: Israel’s Mossad gave the intel to prevent Iranian assassination on Danish soil
The Mossad, Israel’s National Intelligence Agency, helped Denmark foil an Iranian plot to assassinate an opposition leader, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.
Denmark said on Tuesday that an Iranian intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its soil.
“I have decided to recall Denmark’s ambassador in Tehran for consultations… Denmark can in no way accept that people with ties to Iran’s intelligence service plot attacks against people in Denmark,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen was quoted as having told reporters.
A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background was arrested in Sweden on October 21 in connection with the plot and extradited to Denmark.
The attack was meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA).
ASMLA seeks a separate state for ethnic Arabs in Iran’s oil-rich southwestern province of Khuzestan. Iranian Arabs are a minority in mainly ethnic Persian Iran, and some see themselves as under Persian occupation and want independence or autonomy.
On Sept. 28, Danish police shut two major bridges to traffic and halted ferry services from Denmark to Sweden and Germany in a nationwide police operation to prevent a possible attack.
A few days earlier, the Norwegian suspect had been observed photographing and watching the Danish home of the ASMLA leader, police said.
The Norwegian assassin has denied the charges and the Iranian government also denied any connection with the plot.
A terror attack in Iran on Sept. 22 left at least 25 people dead. Tehran afterward summoned Denmark’s ambassador and accused the Danish government of harboring “members of the terrorist group” believed to be behind the attack.
Earlier this month, French intelligence concluded, without any doubt, that Iran’s intelligence ministry, which is controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ordered a foiled terror attack on an exiled Iranian opposition group’s rally near Paris in June.