Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) has arrested a member of ISIS terrorist group in western Tehran.
The ISIS element was apprehended in the Andisheh town in Shahriar County, Tehran Province, Colonel Amin Yaamini, the commander of the local IRGC division, told a news conference, Mehr News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The arrestee, he said, belonged to the ISIS-affiliated Ajnad al-Sham (Soldiers of the Levant) group, which is mainly active in the western Syrian provinces of Idlib and Hama.
“So far, very important information has been collected from the ISIS element’s phone, and he remains under investigation,” he said.
‘300 ISIS plots for Tehran’
The commander said the terrorist group has been intending to conduct 300 terror operations in Tehran during the holy lunar month of Muharram — when Shia Muslims gather in throngs to mourn the martyrdom of the Third Shia Imam, Imam Hussein and his companions.
He, however, did not specify whether the IRGC had discovered the plans by examining the detainee’s cell phone or had found out about them otherwise.
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. ISIS claimed responsibility for the strikes. The twin attacks killed 17 people and injured over 15 more,
In response, the IRGC fired six ballistic missiles into ISIS bases in the eastern Syrian province of Dayr al-Zawr later in June, leaving at least 65 terrorists dead.
In August, General Qassem Soleimani said Iranian forces would not rest until they have taken out every last terrorist from the face of the Muslim world after ISIS reportedly beheaded an Iranian military adviser in Syria.
The general, who commands the IRGC’s Quds Force, made the remarks after Mohsen Hojaji, who was a member of the Iranian advisory support team in Syria, was reportedly taken hostage by the Takfiri group near the Iraqi border and beheaded two days later.