Iran police arrest ‘bomber’ plotting attacks in Tehran

Iranian police say they arrested a man plotting bomb attacks in the capital, calling him a “suicide bomber” linked to “opponents” of the Islamic Republic.

The man was arrested last week carrying “a handgun and explosives” at a tollbooth on entry to Tehran, the city’s police chief General Hossein Rahimi says, according to Iribnews, the state television site.

Police were alerted by the driver of the taxi that the unnamed suspect was traveling into the city, but police “deactivated” the explosives and arrested him.

Rahimi says the man had planned to “sabotage several places in Tehran,” but gives no details of potential targets.

A general view of Tehran, Iran, Friday, May 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)