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Lebanese pair sentenced for embassy plot

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(JTA) — Two Lebanese men were sentenced to 15 years in prison for plotting to attack the Israeli and U.S. embassies in Baku.

An Azerbaijani court found the pair guilty and handed out the sentences Monday, the French news agency AFP reported.

Four Azerbaijani citizens also were found guilty in the planned attacks. The group was linked to Hezbollah, al-Qaida and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, AFP reported, citing a court spokesman.

Local security forces foiled the attack, which the Los Angeles Times said was in response to the assassination of Hezbollah security chief Imad Mughniyeh. Hezbollah blames Mughniyeh’s killing on Israel.
 

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