Israel’s Mossad intelligence service aided Greece in thwarting a terrorist attack planned on at least one Jewish site in Athens, according to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu late on Tuesday.
An attack on a Jewish restaurant was allegedly planned, according to Greek authorities, who earlier reported the arrest of two males who were characterized as being of Pakistani descent but were not named. It was thought that the attack was about to happen and was meant to kill many people.
The suspects were accused of crimes related to terrorism on Tuesday, while a third individual who is thought to be outside of Greece has been charged with identical crimes while not present.
According to a statement from Netanyahu’s office, the perpetrators were allegedly connected to Iran.
According to the statement, Mossad provided intelligence help in identifying the infrastructure, operational procedures, and connection to Iran once the investigation into the suspects in Greece began.
The research showed that the infrastructure in Greece was a component of a vast Iranian network controlled by Iran and covered several different nations.
Greek authorities said they looked into the likelihood that the suspects were preparing other attacks in Greece but did not name the foreign intelligence agency that assisted in the probe.
According to a police statement, the attackers intended to harm public institutions, endanger Greece’s international relations, kill innocent civilians, and undermine national security.
According to two Greek officials who talked to the Associated Press, the two suspects had both been in Greece for at least four months before coming into the country illegally from the neighboring country of Turkey.
Police examined numerous locations in Athens, southern Greece, and the western island of Zakynthos as part of their investigation.
A public prosecutor will interview the two individuals in jail, who are thought to be a part of a global network, on Friday, according to the authorities.
The National Intelligence Service and Greece’s anti-terrorism police division were involved in the arrests.
Public Order Minister Takis Theodorikakos tweeted, “The operation indicates that the country’s security authorities maintain a high state of readiness for all Greeks and all tourists to our country.”