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Three Jailed In Azerbaijan For Jewish School Murder Plot

A court in Baku has sentenced three Azerbaijani men for plotting to kill teachers at a Jewish school in Azerbaijan.

The leader of the group received 14 years in prison and the two other defendants got 13 and eight years in jail.

Investigators said the group was hired to carry out the killings in Baku by an individual linked to Iranian security services.

The group's leader was shown by the state-run television channel confessing that the attack was planned as a reprisal against Israel for the assassination of an Iranian nuclear physicist.

Tensions between Azerbaijan and Iran escalated this year.

The Islamic regime in Tehran reportedly has been angered by friendlier links between Azerbaijan and Israel in recent months, while Azerbaijan has accused Iran of sponsoring Islamic radicals on its territory.

Based on reporting by AP and

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