Iranians charged in U.S. over assassination plot

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Posted: Oct 11, 2011 2:13 PM
Iranians charged in U.S. over assassination plot

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities broke up an alleged plot to bomb the Israeli and Saudi Arabian embassies in Washington and assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States, court documents and a U.S. official said on Tuesday.

The criminal complaint, unsealed in federal court in New York City, identified the two alleged plotters as Manssor Arbabsiar and Gholam Shakuri.

Both were originally from Iran and Arbabsiar is a naturalized U.S. citizen, it said.

(Reporting by Basil Katz in New York and James Vicini in Washington; Writing by Jeremy Pelofsky)