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Two Iranians guilty in Kenya terror plot

May 3, 2013 at 8:57 AM   |   Comments

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 (UPI) -- A panel of judges found two Iranians guilty of plotting to attack Western targets with 33 pounds of explosives in Kenya.

Ahmad Abolfathi Mohammad and Sayed Mansour Mousavi were arrested June 19 in Nairobi, Kenya, after police said they had placed 33 pounds of RDX explosives at the Mombasa Golf Course, Capital FM reported Thursday. Authorities had kept them under surveillance since their arrival in the country.

Prosecutors said the men had explosives "in circumstances that indicated they were armed with the intent to commit a felony, namely, acts intended to cause grievous harm."

Investigators say the men are members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards elite al-Quds force, the British newspaper The Telegraph reported. Investigators said they think the group has shipped more than 187 pounds of explosives into Kenya, the BBC reported.

"The police have information that the [suspects] have a vast network in the country meant to execute explosive attacks against government installations, public gatherings and foreign establishments," said Sgt. Erick Opagal of Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit.

Mohammad and Mousavi are scheduled to be sentenced Monday. They could each face a possible 15 years in prison, the BBC said.

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