Assassination attempt on Israeli citizens in Cyprus foiled
Despite a statement from PM Naftali Bennett's office earlier this week linking Iran to a suspected attack on Israelis in Cyprus, Cypriot officials downplayed concerns of Tehran's involvement, Haaretz reported.
According to a report on the In-Cyprus website, Cypriot authorities do not believe that the recent alleged attack on Israeli businesspeople on the island was the work of Iranian actors.
Cypriot media also reported on Wednesday that officials in Nicosia doubt Cypriot-Israeli billionaire Teddy Sagi was the target of the attempted attack, but instead other officials at his gambling firm on the island.
On Monday, Channel 12 reported that Sagi escaped an assassination attempt after receiving a tip from Cyprus security services.
Cypriot media reported that the would-be assassin led investigators to two locations where he had rented cars, where officials found a gun with a silencer in one of the vehicles.
Following the arrest of the suspect, identified as an Azerbaijani citizen, Bennett's office released a statement characterizing the incident as an Iranian terrorist attack on Israeli businesspeople.
Information leaked to London-based newspaper Rai al-Youm further suggested that the assassination attempt was a retaliatory move for the alleged Mossad kidnapping an Iranian general during an operation in Syria.
The Iranian embassy in Nicosia referred to the claim of Iran's involvement as "baseless," as reported by Haaretz.