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    Azerbaijan: Israeli target thwarted

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    Three Azerbaijani citizens who were arrested by security forces last week planned to attack Jewish targets, including Israeli ambassador to Baku Michael Lotem. The men are suspected of plotting to kill a rabbi and a teacher at the Ohr Avner Chabad Jewish Day School in Baku as revenge for the recent killing of a nuclear scientist in Tehran. According to reports, the suspects received instructions from a man who was in contact with Iranian intelligence and received a sniper rifle, pistols and explosive devices. It is estimated that the would-be assassins were supposed to receive $150,000 to carry out the hit on the Israeli ambassador. Some 30,000 Jews currently live in Azerbaijan. They enjoy freedom of religion and are rarely targeted by anti-Semites.