Iranian authorities have arrested 28 folks linked to the Islamic State group for plotting to focus on Tehran through the anniversary of final 12 months’s protests, the intelligence ministry mentioned on Sunday.
The protests erupted after the dying in custody on September 16, 2022, of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd arrested for allegedly flouting the Islamic Republic’s strict gown code for ladies.
“In latest days, throughout a sequence of simultaneous operations in Tehran, Alborz and West Azerbaijan provinces, a number of terrorist bases and crew homes have been attacked, and 28 members of the mentioned terrorist community have been arrested,” the ministry mentioned on its web site.
“These parts are affiliated to the skilled crime group of Daesh (Islamic State group) and a few of them have a historical past of accompanying takfiris in Syria or being energetic in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Kurdistan area of Iraq,” it added.
In Shiite-dominated Iran, the time period “takfiri” typically refers to jihadists or proponents of radical Sunni Islam.
The intelligence ministry mentioned two safety personnel have been wounded through the arrest operations, and quite a few bombs, firearms, suicide vests, and communications gadgets have been seized.
It mentioned it had neutralized a plot to “perform 30 simultaneous terrorist explosions in densely populated facilities of Tehran to undermine safety and incite riots and protests on the anniversary of final 12 months’s riots.”
The months-long demonstrations noticed lots of of individuals killed, together with dozens of safety personnel, in what Tehran known as “riots” fomented by overseas governments and “hostile media.”
On Thursday, a courtroom sentenced to dying a Tajik IS member convicted over a lethal gun assault on a Shiite Muslim shrine in August.
The assault on the Shah Cheragh mausoleum in Shiraz, capital of Fars province within the south, got here lower than a 12 months after a mass capturing on the similar website that was later claimed by the IS group.