Iran denies links to 2 Kenyans arrested for allegedly spying and plotting attacks

Iran has denied any links to two detained Kenyans accused of spying and plotting attacks on Western targets in Nairobi.

A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the official IRNA news service says the two Kenyan nationals have no links to Iran's intelligence or security apparatus. It says publicizing the case was "hasty and non-constructive."

The statement says Iran values relations with Kenya and wants to cooperate in clarifying the case.

Kenyan police said Saturday that Abubakar Sadiq Louw, 69, and Yassin Sambai Juma, 25, confessed to being spies for the Quds Force, an elite and secretive unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

The police said the two made several trips to Iran and were given money by their handlers to case targets for attacks and to recruit others.