Plot for 30 Simultaneous Blasts in Iran Thwarted, Several Daesh Militants Captured
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced that the country's security forces have foiled 30 explosions that were planned to go off simultaneously in the bustling capital Tehran, capturing dozens of militants linked with the Daesh (also known as ISIS or ISIL) terror group.
The intelligence ministry said in a statement on Sunday, its forces conducted operations in a time span of several days in the provinces of Tehran, Alborz and West Azarbaijan.
Bases used by the terrorists were detected and all the Daesh-linked agents involved in the plot were arrested.
“These elements are affiliated with Daesh and a number of them have a history of cooperating with Takfiri groups in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Kurdistan region of Iraq,” the ministry noted.
The modus operandi employed by the terror teams, the ministry said, was by far more complex than that used by ordinary Takfiri groups and it remarkably conforms to the patterns practiced by the Israeli regime.
The ministry stated the seized equipment includes a considerable amount of explosives and ready bombs, a package of 100 explosive primers and electronic devices used in time bombs, 17 US-made handguns and bullets, as well as diverse smart and satellite telecommunication devices, military outfits, and suicide vests.
The ministry affirmed that the plot of terror had been designed to coincide with the anniversary of last year’s riots in Iran.
Iran has been the target of terrorist attacks in the past few decades and thousands of its citizens have been martyred by the terrorist groups. Iranian officials stress that the country is a victim of terrorism. They say Tehran has lost more people than any other country in the fight against terrorism, critisizing the Western countries for their double-standard policies on terrorism.
In recent years, Iranian security agents have captured dozens of members of the Daesh terror group planning to launch terror attacks across the country. The militants were involved in making explosives and hand-made bombs and linked to foreigners and planned to carry out counter-security acts and set up operational groups to direct the riots in Iran.
In mid-August, a religious site in Iran’s Southern city of Shiraz came under a second fatal raid by Daesh terrorists in less than a year, martyring two pilgrims and wounding eight others. The holy shrine was hit by a similar attack in late October 2022. Authorities confirmed that 15 pilgrims, including women and children, were martyred and dozens more injured.
In mid-June 2017, Iran’s Parliament and the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in the capital Tehran came under terrorist attacks by Daesh terrorists.
The attack on the parliament happened when at least four gunmen, disguised as women, entered the visitors’ hall of the building, opening fire on the security guards there. According to an Interior Ministry statement, the terrorists were all killed before they could make it to the administrative building of the parliament. Separately, gunmen attacked the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in Tehran, opening fire on people inside and wounding a number of them.
At least 17 people were killed in the attacks and nearly 50 were injured in the attacks, which were later claimed by the Daesh terrorist group.