2 Terrorist Plots Foiled in Iran ahead of Elections

Iran's Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi
Iran's Intelligence Minister Seyyed Mahmoud Alavi

Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alawi said Sunday that his forces had defused two terrorist plots before the Friday elections with a couple of people arrested and ammunition confiscated.

Speaking at a press conference in Tehran on Sunday morning, the minister said the counter-terrorism operations were held in southeast and northwest of the country.

One of the operations occurred on February 8, when a terrorist element was identified and arrested at a southeastern border area, he explained.

The ammunition captured during the raid includes two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), explosive material and fuses, remote controls, and a bomb containing magnets, the minister added.

According to Alawi, in another operation, the intelligence forces detected and monitored a terrorist group that had plans to enter into the country from the northwestern borders.

The 4-strong team was busted on February 24, namely two days before the elections, he noted.

The terrorists had 6 suicide vests, 9 electronic fuses, some RDX explosive powder, as well as 4 British-made timer sensors, he added.

The minister then assured the nation that there is nothing out of the Intelligence Ministry’s radar screen, and that the terrorist groups will not take the time to make any move.

Countrywide parliamentary and Assembly of Experts elections were held in Iran on Friday.

Some 55 million Iranians were eligible to cast their ballots at around 53,000 polling stations across the country.

Iranian Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Ashtari had earlier noted that his forces successfully carried out the task of ensuring security for the country’s Friday elections.

He said the Law Enforcement secured the safety of the elections in good coordination with other security forces.

 

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