Iranian nationals convicted of planning attacks on U.S., Israeli targets

(JTA) — Two Iranian nationals were found guilty by a Kenyan court of planning to attack U.S. and Israeli targets.

The verdicts against Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammed and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were handed down Thursday in Nairobi. They were charged with preparing to commit acts intended to cause grievous harm, according to news services.

Mohammed and Mousavi were arrested in June 2012 and led police to a stash of 33 pounds of a powerful explosive in the coastal city of Mombassa, where several Israeli-owned hotels are located. They are members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Quds Force, the Islamic Republic’s most powerful security and military organization.

Iranian terrorists have been linked to several plots against Israeli targets in recent years.

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