Hezbollah, which was founded in 1982 in Lebanon’s civil war and fought a bloody conflict with Israel in 2006, regularly threatens to target Israeli interests around the world. It has been blamed for a number of such attacks, including the bombing in 1994 of a Jewish centre in Buenos Aires, that killed 85 people and left hundreds injured.
British intelligence agencies captured tons of explosive materials linked to the Lebanese Shia militant group Hezbollah in a number of properties on the outskirts of London, according to revelations by the Daily Telegraph.
The newspaper’s scoop says that Britain’s domestic intelligence service MI5 worked with the Metropolitan police force to raid four properties in the north of London, seizing three metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient used in homemade bombs.
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The report notes that the scale of ammonium nitrate found at the scene exceeded that used by Timothy McVeigh in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, which killed 168 people.
During the raid, a man in his forties was reportedly arrested on terrorism charges but later released because the plot had “been disrupted by a covert intelligence operation rather than seeking a prosecution.” The man’s identity has been kept under wraps, as has the entire operation, which occurred in 2015, until now.
The Telegraph’s report does…