Iran arrests 27 Daesh affiliates

James Marshall
August 8, 2017

Iranian security forces arrested 27 terrorists affiliated with Daesh terrorist group (banned in Russia), who meant to conduct attacks in religious cities of the country, local media reported on Monday, citing the Intelligence Ministry, APA reports quoting sputniknews. Iran's state-run media yesterday quoted the country's Intelligence Ministry as saying that the suspects were captured on Friday night. Since the attack, which killed 18 civilians, Iranian leaders have promised tighter security measures to prevent infiltration from jihadists such as the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and other insurgents.

Tehran suffered a rare and deadly twin attack on June 7, claimed by ISIL, when gunmen and suicide bombers attacked the parliament complex and the mausoleum of revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, killing 18 people.

According to the Ministry, five terrorists were designated as would-be perpetrators of acts of terror in Iran while the others were in charge of procurement and providing support.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is being sworn-in for a further term on Saturday, has accused the United States of trying to undermine Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers, and urged European countries not to side with Washington.

The statement came after Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Sunday that the body had smashed a terrorist outfit in a northwestern Iranian border area.

Weapons and ammunition were discovered during the arrests outside of Iran.

Those arrested from outside Iran were tracked "through intelligence-sharing with one of the intelligence services in the region", the statement added without naming the country.

Noting that his country was an advocate of regional peace and stability, the President of Iran stressed that the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict should be resolved exclusively through political means.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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