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Five Brit MPs escaped death after ‘Iranian diplomat smuggled a bomb on a commercial flight’


FIVE Brit MPs cheated death when a terror bomb plot was foiled.

An Iran diplomat goes on trial today accused of smuggling explosives on a commercial flight.

An Iranian diplomat smuggled a 'Mother of Satan' bomb on a commercial flight and planned on using it at a rally where Tory MP Theresa Villiers gave a speech

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An Iranian diplomat smuggled a ‘Mother of Satan’ bomb on a commercial flight and planned on using it at a rally where Tory MP Theresa Villiers gave a speech
It nearly saw five British MPs killed in a terror bomb plot, including Ms Villiers

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It nearly saw five British MPs killed in a terror bomb plot, including Ms Villiers

Agents planned to use the “Mother of Satan” device at a rally in Paris attended by a 35-strong British delegation.

Tory MPs Bob Blackman, Matthew Offord, Sir David Amess and Theresa Villiers and Labour’s Roger Godsiff were at the 2018 event.

Other guests included President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and leading US politician Newt Gingrich.

According to court papers, suspect spy Assadollah Assadi, 48, carried the bomb in a diplomatic bag, exempt from security searches, on an Austrian Airlines flight from Tehran to Vienna.

The Mother of Satan device is the same type used in the 2015 Paris massacres and 2017 Manchester Arena bomb. Assadi, a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is one of the first diplomat to face terror charges.

He is on trial in Belgium alongside Amir Saadouni, 40, Amir’s wife Nasimeh Naami, 36, and a fourth man.

Assadollah Assadi, 48, carried the bomb in a diplomatic bag exempt from security searches

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Assadollah Assadi, 48, carried the bomb in a diplomatic bag exempt from security searches
The device was planned on being used at a 2018 rally in Paris attended by a 35-strong British delegation, including Labour MP Roger Godsiff

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The device was planned on being used at a 2018 rally in Paris attended by a 35-strong British delegation, including Labour MP Roger GodsiffCredit: PA:Press Association
Tory MP Bob Blackman was at the rally, the device is the same type used in the 2015 Paris massacres and 2017 Manchester Arena bomb

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Tory MP Bob Blackman was at the rally, the device is the same type used in the 2015 Paris massacres and 2017 Manchester Arena bombCredit: UPP:Universal Pictorial Press and Agency
Tory MP Matthew Offord also attended the conference

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Tory MP Matthew Offord also attended the conferenceCredit: UPP:Universal Pictorial Press and Agency
Fellow Tory MP Sir David Amess was also one of the five who had a lucky escape

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Fellow Tory MP Sir David Amess was also one of the five who had a lucky escape Credit: Rex Features
Other guests included President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani

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Other guests included President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani
Ms Villiers, who gave a speech, said: 'I feel I’ve had a lucky escape'

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Ms Villiers, who gave a speech, said: ‘I feel I’ve had a lucky escape’
Assadi, a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is currently on trial in Belgium

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Assadi, a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is currently on trial in Belgium

The prime target of the plot was Maryam Rajavi, the head of an exiled Iranian opposition group.

Ms Villiers, who gave a speech at the conference, said: “Sending a bomb to Europe in a diplomatic bag on a commercial flight is an outrage.

“If the court decides that is what happened it will be shocking. I feel I’ve had a lucky escape.”

Spark to start World War 3

By Bob Blackman, One of the targeted MPs

FOR the first time in history, an accredited diplomat is about to face trial on terrorism charges in Europe.

That he represents the government of Iran is no surprise. It comes two years after Belgian authorities foiled a major terrorist plot in which an ­Iranian-Belgian couple had planned to set off a bomb in Paris.

It was to explode at a meeting of 100,000 Iranians and hundreds of international dignitaries, including British MPs. The terrorists’ vehicle contained 500 grams of a powerful explosive.

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Iran’s Third Counselor in Vienna, Assadollah Assadi, was managing the attack, and providing the explosives. Had the plot succeeded, it would have been the deadliest ­terror operation ever carried out in Europe.

The US would undeniably have declared war on Iran — and it was only because the plot was foiled, World War Three was averted. No normal state uses a diplomat roaming Europe with a bomb.

Iran’s embassies have been part of its terror operations for decades. But the UK and EU have adopted a far too conciliatory tone with Iran in recent years.

The message from Brussels has been one of unconditional friendship with the ayatollahs. After three decades of soft approach, it is time to hold the Iranian regime accountable.

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