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Planned Attack on El Al

Today A few days ago, it was revealed that Swiss intelligence officials thwarted a terrorist plan to attack an El Al aircraft at Geneva airport.

The plot to strike an El Al aircraft in mid-December during takeoff using a rocket-propelled grenade launcher – commonly referred to as a man-portable air defense system (Manpads) – was engineered by an Algerian and an Libyan residing in Switzerland, say the reports.

El Al operates three weekly flights between Geneva and Tel Aviv using Boeing 737 and 757 aircraft.

Geneva was chosen because that the airport and its runways can be targeted easily from nearby mountains, note the reports.

El Al diverted its Geneva-bound flights for a week following the discovery of the plot, even though the carrier has reportedly installed missile countermeasures equipment on some its fleet of 35 Boeing 737, 747, 757 and 767 aircraft.

The incident was kept secret until today. Swiss intelligence officer Claude Kuvasi, who foiled the attack, reportedly approached the press. Kuvasi, who worked undercover in Geneva‚Äôs Islamic centre warned his minders about the plot on 12 December.  It is not known if Swiss police made any arrests involving the terror plot.

The Swiss Embassy in Washington, DC was not immediately available for comment. El Al and the Israeli Embassy to the USA also decline to comment on the incident.

No word yet on whether the Swiss’ partners were involved in the terror plot.

 

Update: Sisyphos has more.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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