British media reported that in 2015, British Metropolitan police and MI5 agents raided four locations in northwest London, seizing three tons of ammonium nitrate, a component used in homemade explosives, hidden in disposable ice-packs.
The Telegraph reported the incident on Sunday, suggesting that the British government kept the story “hidden from the public” to avoid derailing the recently signed nuclear deal.
“It raises questions about whether senior UK government figures chose not to reveal the plot in part because they were invested in keeping the Iran nuclear deal afloat,” the paper said.
Hezbollah’s military wing was banned in the UK in 2008. Its political wing was banned by the UK in 2019, more than three years after the discovery of the stockpiles of explosives. Hezbollah is a Shia Muslim Iranian terrorist proxy based in Lebanon.
The Telegraph article described a similar cache of explosives discovered in Cyprus in 2015. A captured Hezbollah agent had 8.2 tons of ammonia sulfate hidden in his home, also stored in ice packs.