The explosives for a planned attack on an Iranian opposition group convention outside Paris were brought into the country in Iranian diplomatic packages sent on a civilian airliner.
This shocking new detail was revealed by an intelligence source quoted by Independent in Arabic, a British newspaper.
The attack, which was thwarted by European officials, was in motion and set to happen at the annual massive gathering of Iranian opposition supporters, a group in exile which seeks to end Shi’ite Muslim clerical rule in Iran.
The rally took place in June 2018 and was attended by thousands including President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton and former lawyer Rudy Giuliani as well as several former European and Arab ministers.
The intelligence sourced reported that diplomatic packages with half a ton of TATP explosives were check in on June 22, 2018 on a civilian Airbus plane from Tehran to Austria carrying 240 passengers.
French authorities foiled the plot, after arresting a Belgian couple of Iranian origin that was transporting the explosives to Paris.
The attack was to be carried out by an Iranian intelligence official, who had worked at the Iranian embassy in Austria since 2014. According to reports, he visited Tehran and received the explosives on June 20, 2018.
German authorities arrested the Iranian official.
The TATP, a home-made explosive made from chemicals, could have caused the plane to explode if it would have entered strong air pockets of air.
This method was used in a terrorist attack three years ago, when a terrorist sabotaged a Russian plane, mainly full of tourists, taking off from the Sharm el-Sheikh airport in Egypt killing 244 aboard.
Iran is known for using civilian aircrafts to transfer explosives, weapons, ballistic missiles and funds to its proxy terror group in Lebanon, Hezbollah, as well as to other groups.