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Israel says Iran, Hezbollah plotting attacks overseas

JERUSALEM - A senior Israeli counterterrorism official said yesterday that Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah are plotting attacks on Israelis overseas and urged travelers to be vigilant.

Israel already has accused Iran of being behind three attacks this week on Israeli targets - a botched bomb plot in Thailand, a bombing in India that wounded an Israeli diplomat’s wife, and an attempted bombing in the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

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The senior official from Israel’s counterterrorism bureau did not identify other countries where Israelis might be targeted.

But he said Israel has “general information reflecting intent,’’ citing intelligence material and findings from investigations into the overseas attacks.

He did not offer any details and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

On Thursday, the Hezbollah chief, Sheik Hassan Nasrallah denied any role in the plots, saying it was an “insult’’ to believe his group would take part in such small attacks and hinting that Hezbollah plans to target senior officials.

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