Attorney General Eric Holder announced today that federal authorities had foiled a plot by men linked to the Iranian government to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States and to bomb the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington.
According to Holder the plot began in May with a meeting in Mexico and evolved into a conspiracy to pay $1.5 million to murder the ambassador on United States soil.
Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri, originally from Iran, were the two men accused of the plot. Both men were connected to the secretive Quds Force, a division of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps that has carried out operations in other countries. The plotters had gotten as far as transferring the money but had not obtained explosives.
Arbabsiar, a naturalized American citizen, was arrested on Sept. 29, while Shakuri remains at large. However, according to Holder, there is “no basis to believe that any other co-conspirators are present in the U.S.”