The recently assassinated senior IRGC official Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodayari was accused of as brains behind an attempt to assassinate Rav Schneur Segal, the Chabad shaliach in Baku, and the Israeli ambassador.
Sources said in 2012, Azerbaijani security forces thwarted the assassination plot by arresting three Azerbaijani citizens who Iranian intelligence agents had recruited to harm Israeli and Jewish targets.
According to reports, the group’s number one target was then-Israeli Ambassador in Baku Michael Lotem, and they also planned on assassinating two teachers at the Ohr Avner Chabad Jewish Day School in Baku.
Intelligence sources said the detainees had been promised $150,000 for the assassinations and had been supplied with a sniper rifle, pistols, and explosive devices to carry them out.
The plotted assassinations were an Iranian attempt to retaliate for Israel’s elimination of Iranian nuclear scientists.