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Iran kills 4 men with ties to Israel’s Mossad spy agency

TEHRAN, Iran –

Iran on Monday executed four men convicted of plotting sabotage and alleged links to Israel’s Mossad secret service, state media reported.

The official IRNA news agency said the men were convicted of planning to target a factory in 2022 belonging to Iran’s defense ministry and linked to missile and defense equipment in the central city of Isfahan. The operation was allegedly engineered by Mossad and the four were trained by the Israeli agency in an African country before entering Iran, it said.

The four were identified as Iranian nationals: Mohammad Faramarzi, Mohsen Mazloum, Vafa Azarbar and Pejman Fatehi. The execution was carried out after the country’s Supreme Court upheld their death sentence, which was handed down by another court last September.

The report does not say how death sentences are carried out, but in Iran it is usually by hanging.

In 2022, Iran said its intelligence agents had dismantled a group linked to the Mossad that was said to be planning terror operations inside Iran, arresting all the group’s members and confiscating several weapons. and explosives.

Iran periodically reports arrests, trials and executions of its nationals for spying by the Mossad and other Western intelligence services.

Last month, Iran executed four people – three men and a woman – and sentenced several others to prison for alleged links to Israel’s Mossad security service, local media reported. Earlier in December, another person was killed on charges of releasing classified information to the Mossad.

Iran and Israel have accused each other of spying and waging a shadow war for years. Israel views Iran as its greatest threat and has repeatedly threatened to take military action to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. Iran denies it is seeking such weapons and has vowed a violent response to any aggression.

In 2020, Iran executed a man convicted of leaking information to the United States and Israel about a prominent general of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, Qassim Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, which was killed in a drone strike in the US in January of that year.

Iran does not recognize Israel and supports anti-Israeli militant groups throughout the region, including the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah and the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which is currently involved in a war against Israel.

Last month, a high-ranking Iranian general in the paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was killed in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria.

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