Mauritania blames Israeli spies for ET-409 crash


Further advancing speculation and the assessment of some experts’ that Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-409 that crashed into the Mediterranean Sea a few minutes after takeoff was brought down by sabotage, news reports earlier this week claimed that Israel’s Mossad spy agency was behind the accident that claimed all 90 lives on board.
It is not the first time sabotage has been blamed for the ET-409 flight that crashed on 25 January 2010 shortly after take-off from Beirut Rafic Hariri International Airport. Previously, experts involved in the investigation during 2011 told Capital that Lebanon’s handling of the investigation including “refusing to consider crucial evidence such as eye witness accounts that said the plane was blown up in mid air and hiding bodies that were first reported by hospital authorities,” suggested a motive to hide  possible sabotage.
However, it is the first time any particular group has been named as a potential responsible party for the accident.
Officials in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania said on Thursday they uncovered an Israeli spy agency-Mossad-network operating in the country. The arrest that led to the uncovering of the network has reportedly given authorities documents that profess the ill-fated ET-409 was the work of the spy agency’s network.
Quoting the Mauritanian daily Al-Huriyeh multiple prominent news outlets said Mauritanian police arrested a suspected Mossad agent carrying documents including about the spy agency’s operation on ET-409.
According to these reports, the Mossad network in the African country was involved in the assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in Dubai.
“A number of Arab nationals had been recruited to the spy network that was involved in the blowing up of an Ethiopian airplane in Lebanon, in which a Hezbollah target was on board, in addition to involvement in the Mabhouh hit,” said one report.
Dubai authorities have blamed Israel’s Mossad for Mabhouh’s assassination. Al-Mabhouh is reportedly a co-founder of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Islamist Palestinian militant group Hamas. He was sought by the Israeli government for allegedly kidnapping and murdering two Israeli soldiers in 1989 and purchasing arms from Iran for use in Gaza.
According to the latest news reports, the Mauritanian authorities opened an investigation into the case after arresting an agent carrying a letter in which he professed knowledge of both espionage operations.
The latest news follow reports that British intelligence agents reopened an investigation into the crash in March, 2011 after claims that a terrorist suspect arrested in Saudi Arabia said ET- 409 had been destroyed by a bomb.
ET-409 was the first crash for Ethiopian Airlines since the hijacking of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 961 in 1996. Since first setup in 1945 Ethiopian has not witnessed an accident the airliner’s crew was responsible for ranking the flag carrier above many carriers particularly in Africa.
Since the accident Ethiopian government officials including Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that they have not ruled out any cause including sabotage on ET 409. Lebanese authorities had quickly stated that sabotage or terrorism had been ruled out as a cause. A final investigation report of the accident has not been issued yet.