Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has uncovered ‘terrorist’ plots targeting the country’s security and stability during the presidential election.
“The ministry has dismantled the groups involved in such activities and has arrested almost all group-members in two stages,” IRNA quoted Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei on Wednesday.
He said that the plots included bomb attacks on several sites in Iran, adding that those behind such activities were linked with “the Zionist and non-Zionist regimes outside the county.”
One of the targets, Mohseni-Ejei said, was the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini. After the plot was foiled, the assailant detonated the bomb outside the shrine and “a number of people have been arrested regarding the suicide bombing,” he added.
The Intelligence Ministry and the police also seized a group who were planning terrorist activities in the East of the country and confiscated their equipment.
“The police also captured another group, which planned to carry out a terrorist act in the city of Tabriz when one of the presidential candidates wanted to make a speech there,” he explained.
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“Some other terrorist groups in the south of the country especially in Ahvaz were identified and nabbed before they could carry out any activities,” he went on to say.
According to the intelligence minister, the US and some western countries were aiming to achieve unrest in Iran’s elections atmosphere.
When asked by a reporter about the arrest of foreign spies working under the guise of reporters, Mohseni-Ejei said, “Anybody who embarks on espionage activity in the country will be arrested. A foreign reporter has so far been nabbed and another one has been questioned and his things were confiscated.”
The Iranian government has arrested a reporter working for the Newsweek and another one working for the Washington Times.