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Azerbaijan: 22 arrests in alleged Iran spy plot

Published: March 15, 2012 | 7:52 am
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Azerbaijan has arrested 22 of its own citizens, on suspicion of spying for Iran.

Weapons and ammunition were seized, authorities say, accusing the group of links to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. Their alleged targets included the US and Israeli embassies as well as Western-linked companies.

Iran claims its nuclear scientists have been killed by Israel, assisted by Azerbaijan. Tehran also views the two countries’ growing trade links with suspicion.

Surveillance by Azeri security services helped foil the alleged Iranian-sponsored plot.

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