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Iranian with fake Israeli passport arrested in Nepal

An Iranian man using a fake Israeli passport is being questioned in Nepal after being arrested outside the Israeli embassy, according to police.

KA0TMANDU, Nepal // An Iranian man using a fake Israeli passport is being questioned in Nepal after being arrested outside the Israeli embassy, according to police.

The man was arrested last week after Israeli embassy officials told them that a suspicious man appeared to be scouting the embassy in the upscale Lazimpat neighborhood in Katmandu, said Kesh Bahadur Shahi of Nepal's Central Investigation Bureau.

He said Wednesday that the man identified only as Mohsin Khosravian is being held in a detention centre in Katmandu. Police said they could not give any more details as the case is a sensitive diplomatic issue and still being investigated.

Several attacks and plots around the world in recent years are believed to be linked to a covert war between Israel and Hizbollah and the militant group's patron, Iran.

A car bombing in 2008 in Syria that killed Hizbollah's top military commander was widely thought to be the work of Israeli agents.

Hizbollah is thought to be responsible for a bus bombing in Bulgaria last year that killed five Israeli tourists and their Bulgarian driver, as well as failed attempts to bomb Israeli diplomats in Thailand, India and Georgia.

In the Bangkok case, three Iranians were detained, including one who blew off his legs when a device exploded. In the New Delhi case, a journalist who worked for an Iranian news organisation was accused of bombing a diplomatic car, injuring a passenger.