Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 1:59 PM
It's alleged that the plan was to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. and to attack the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C.
"FBI and DEA agents have disrupted a plot to commit a 'significant terrorist act in the United States' tied to Iran, federal officials told ABC News today."
The network adds that:
"The officials said the plot included the assassination of the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States, Adel Al-Jubeir, with a bomb and subsequent bomb attacks on the Saudi and Israeli embassies in Washington, D.C."
Reuters reports that:
"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."
CNN is reporting the story as well.
Attorney General Eric Holder and other officials are due to brief reporters in the next few minutes. We'll be updating this post with more information.
Update at 2:05 p.m. ET: MSNBC is among the news outlets streaming the Justice Department news conference. Fox News' webcast is here. [Copyright 2011 National Public Radio]
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