Iranians Blame Saudi Arabia For Assassination of Mughniyeh …Update: Syria Arrests Saudi Official!
Hezbollah fighters hold their party flags as they attend a rally to commemorate slain top Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh and two other leaders, Abbas Musawi and Ragheb Harb, in the Shiite suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, Friday Feb. 22, 2008. (AP)
The regime in Iran says Saudi Arabia is behind the death of Hezbollah terrorist Imad Mughniyeh.
Saudi Arabia is believed to be behind the death of a top commander with Lebanon’s militant Shia group Hezbollah, Imad Mughniyeh, according to well-informed sources cited in a report on the Iranian news agency Fars,.
Mughniyeh was killed on 12 February in a car bombing in Syria.
Unnamed sources told Fars that Syria’s delay in announcing the results of an investigation into Mughniyeh’s death “cannot be explained other than by the pressure exercised by some Arab states.”
Fars is said to be close to the government of hardline Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The Fars report said that the Syrian commission of inquiry should have already concluded its probe into the killing and the results should have been made public before the recent meeting of the Arab League in the Syrian capital Damascus.
“Pressure by Kuwait convinced the government in Damascus to postpone everything till the day after the [Arab League] meeting ended,” said the Fars report.
UPDATE: Syria arrested a Saudi official in connection with the death of Mughniyeh.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
Syria has arrested a Saudi official in connection with the assassination of top Hizbullah commander Imad Mughniyeh, Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency reported Tuesday.
The agency quoted an Iranian source as saying a high-ranking defense official in Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Damascus was arrested by Syrian security forces.
The source said Israel masterminded the assassination, but the operation itself was carried out by locals with Syrian, Jordanian and Palestinian citizenships. These men bought or rented apartments near Mughniyeh’s place of residence in Damascus and surveyed his activities from there, the source said.
The Saudi official, he said, was connected to a Syrian woman in whose name were registered the two explosives-laden cars used to kill Mughniyeh.