Federal agents have foiled an alleged plot sponsored by part of the Iranian government to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States. The plan was to set off a bomb at a Washington, D.C. restaurant that is also popular with U.S. senators.
Naturalized American citizen Manssor Arbabsiar (left) was arrested at Kennedy Airport late last month. His alleged cohort Gholam Shakuri remains at large. Both are originally from Iran.
The New York Daily News reports that court papers say when asked about the innocent loss of life in the attempt to take out Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir, Arbabsiar replied, "They want that guy done. If the hundred go with him, f**K 'em."
The court papers say the men were discovered when they tried to hire a Mexican hit squad to pull off the operation. Instead, they ended up meeting with an undercover DEA informant.
During a news conference Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder put the blame on the Iranian government.
"The criminal complaint unsealed today exposes a deadly plot directed by factions of the Iranian government to assassinate a foreign ambassador on U.S. soil with explosives," he said.