Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Saudi Diplomat Killed in Bangladesh

The killing of Khalaf bin Mohammed Salem al-Ali in Bangladesh comes after Iranian plots to kill Israelis in two neighboring countries, India and Thailand. It's not clear who shot al-Ali, but it may be part of an Iranian plan. Last year, Iran was implicated in a plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs requested higher protection for its staff in Bangladesh and had conveyed condolences to his family, a ministry statement said.

Last year, the U.S. government accused Iranian agents of being part of a foiled plot to kill Saudia Arabia's ambassador to the United States, and Israel has accused Iran of attacks or attempted attacks on its diplomats in India, Thailand and Georgia this year. Iran has denied all of the accusations.

This also comes after the Saudis backed rebels fighting Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

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