A double agent has uncovered a sinister plot to kill two news presenters at an Iranian news channel based in London.
Iranian spies, associates of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, offered a people-smuggler more than £150,000 to murder two Iran International news presenters outside of their West London television studio.
In a plan dubbed ‘the wedding’, the two targets- Farhad Farahzad and Sima Sabet – had no idea they were being targeted.
Instructions were sent out by one of the top members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Muhammed Abd al-Razek Kanafani, who has close ties to Syria’s al-Assad.
The terrifying plot was uncovered last autumn when the people-smuggler they offered money to revealed the plans to ITV news – and it has since been verified by officials.
The two spies had allegedly told the people-smuggler to plant a car bomb outside of the television studio, but later changed the plans to an in-person stabbing in the presenter’s homes.
Kanfani said told the people smuggler: ‘Today we changed the entire strategy regarding the wedding… Now there is still a bride and groom… Quietly. Bride and groom; bride and groom.’
Ismail confirmed: ‘In other words they do not want to have a party? They want something intimate, closed off?’
Kanafani responded: ‘With god’s help. Even with a kitchen knife.’
Ms Sabet, one of the targets, told ITV: ‘The fact that they tried to kill me shows I did my job well, I was effective… I didn’t betray people and I stood with them, even with my life on the line.’
Ismail said his ‘commanders’ told him: ‘This London thing must be done in any circumstances. We must finish them.’
Often compared to ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Hezbollah, the IRGC has been held responsible for global terrorist attacks and hostage-taking on foreign soil, including the UK, as well as human rights violations in Iran.
The daughter of Minoo Majidi, who died from 167 shotgun pellets, says her mum was killed by them.
She told Metro.co.uk: ‘I cannot help but feel that because my name is Mahsa and this has happened to Mahsa Amini, my mother joined the protests.
‘Her last words to my father were “If I don’t go and you don’t go, then the youth will, and they will be killed.”‘
Journalists are often the target of attacks from the IRGC, and recently, the US Department for Justice disclosed a plot to kidnap Iranian-American journalist and activist Masih Alinejad.
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