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Suspects in alleged Iranian plot to target Chabad house in Athens appear in court

ATHENS, Greece — Two men accused of planning a Passover attack on a Jewish center in central Athens appeared in court Friday to answer to terrorism charges.

Greek authorities announced the arrests of the suspects earlier this week and described the Iran-born men as being of Pakistani origin.

Police alleged they were planning to attack the Chabad of Athens center, which is part of the international Chabad-Lubavitch movement. The Jewish center hosts religious services, as well as a kosher restaurant and grocery.

Passover, one of the most important Jewish holidays, starts next Wednesday at sundown.

Investigators are trying to determine if the suspects were planning attacks at other locations. Police have searched multiple sites in Athens as well as in southern Greece and on the western island of Zakynthos.

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The men arrested are scheduled to appear before a public prosecutor, who is expected to order their pretrial detention.

A third man, a suspected fixer who is believed to be in Iran, is wanted for questioning and has been charged with terrorism-related offenses in absentia.

Israel has thanked the Greek government for its response and said that its national intelligence agency, Mossad, had provided information about the suspects, including that they were part of an Iranian terror network.