Azerbaijan arrests Iran-hired armed group allegedly planning attacks on US, Israeli embassies

The Associated Press

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Security services in Azerbaijan have arrested 22 people they say were hired by Iran to carry out terrorist attacks against the U.S. and Israeli embassies and several Western-linked organizations and companies.

The national security ministry said Wednesday that the 22, all Azerbaijan citizens, had been trained in Iran by that country's Revolutionary Guard. It did not specify when the arrests were made.

In February, Azerbaijan announced the arrest of another suspected terrorist group allegedly working for Iran's secret services, and in January it arrested two people accused of plotting to kill two teachers at a Jewish school in the capital, Baku.

In 2007, Azerbaijan convicted 15 people in connection with an alleged Iranian-linked spy network accused of passing intelligence on Western and Israeli activities.