Report: Terrorist attack on Israelis in Cyprus thwarted

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to A Cyrpus intelligence agency prevented a terrorist attack on Israelis who often dock at a port in Limassol on their cruise ship tours, according to a report by the Cypriot daily Alithia on Thursday. The report said 100 grams of a pink-colored explosive material was found at the port in a ball-shaped form.

No arrests of suspects were said to have been made and the incident was not confirmed by officials in Cyprus or Israel.

Last month, Israel’s Counterterrorism Bureau urged security, government and police agencies in Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Thailand to increase their covert and overt levels of security for Israeli visitors. “The terrorist campaign did not end with Burgas,” a bureau official said at the time, referring to a July 18 attack on an Israeli tourist bus in Bulgaria that left five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian bus driver dead. The official pointed out that the bureau did not issue a travel warning for Bulgaria prior to the incident because there was no specific information of an impending attack in Bulgaria.

Posted on October 19, 2012 .