Israel extends detention of 'Iran hitman' in Cyprus

A court in Cyprus has extended the detention of a man which the Israeli government alleges is a hitman, hired by Iran to kill Israeli businesspeople on the island.

The suspect - who was arrested on September 27 and has not been charged - has only been identified as an ethnic Azeri using a Russian passport.

Police found a pistol and silencer in the man's rental car, but have been otherwise tightlipped about the case.

Israel is calling it a "terrorist incident directed by Iran."

The Iranian Embassy in Nicosia has dismissed the accusation as “baseless”.

The suspect is thought to have arrived in Cyprus at least 20 days prior to his arrest and is reportedly not cooperating with police.

The suspect will remain in custody until at least Monday (October 11).

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