Iran arrests 27 suspects over Quds Day ‘terrorist’ plot
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Iran arrests 27 suspects over Quds Day ‘terrorist’ plot

Would-be attackers posted pictures online 'threatening the honorable nation of Iran,' intelligence ministry claims

Illustrative: Iranian commandos in training. (Wikipedia/Tasnim News Agency/CC BY)
Illustrative: Iranian commandos in training. (Wikipedia/Tasnim News Agency/CC BY)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s intelligence ministry said on Monday it had arrested 27 members of a “terrorist network” suspected of planning attacks last week to coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The group plotted to “carry out terrorist operations in Tehran and some other important cities,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.

“They published pictures in cyberspace threatening the honorable nation of Iran with revenge and murder.”

It said the attacks were due to take place last week during the Laylat al-Qadr festival and on Quds Day, held each year on the last Friday of Ramadan to call for the destruction of Israel and in solidarity with the Palestinians.

A large number of weapons and ammunition were confiscated, the ministry added.

Iran is a key target for Sunni jihadists, who see its Shiite majority as apostates. Iran has also directly fought the Islamic State group and Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Syria.

Its Revolutionary Guard said on Sunday they had fought off three attempts by “terrorist groups” to infiltrate from neighboring Iraq in recent days, leaving several dead.

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