1238 GMT December 18, 2017
According to a statement by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry on Saturday, Iranian security forces managed to identify and arrest the Daesh-linked terrorists, who were planning to carry out terrorist acts in provinces deep in the country as well as religious cities.
They were nabbed on International Quds Day, which falls on the last Friday of Ramadan, and ahead of the Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy Muslim fasting month, it added.
The terrorists were arrested during a series of mixed intelligence operations, the ministry said, adding that some explosive and suicide attack equipment were also seized from the Takfiris.
The Iranian forces confiscated three Kalashnikov rifles, a bertha machine gun with silencer, a night vision camera, three explosive belts, three cellphones used to trigger bombs, a huge amount of ammunition, bomb-making material, explosive fuses and kits, electronic devices and walkie-talkies as well as other technical bomb-making equipment.
Iran has arrested dozens of terrorists since twin terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital Tehran earlier this month, which killed 17 people and injured over 50 others.
On June 7, gunmen mounted almost simultaneous assaults on Iran’s Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini. The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assaults.
Iranian lawmaker Nader Qazipour told ISNA on Tuesday that 40 Daesh terrorists have been arrested in the country’s northwestern province of West Azarbaijan in continuation of the Islamic Republic’s measures to fight terrorism.
He added that the terrorists intended to carry out acts of terror inside the country in the holy month of Ramadan, but they were identified and arrested before making any move.