Iran Police Chief: Members of Another Terrorist Team Arrested Near Tehran
“A number of people affiliated to the terrorist groups were detained by the police, Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (Volunteer) forces as well as other security bodies after the June 7 terrorist incident,” General Ashtari said on Saturday.
He also appreciated the Iranian people’s good cooperation with the Law Enforcement Police and security authorities to identify and arrest the terrorists.
In a relevant development, the Iranian intelligence ministry announced on Friday that it has captured 41 members of the ISIL terrorist group following the Wednesday twin terrorist attacks in Tehran.
“Following a series of sophisticated intelligence operations and with the cooperation of the families of some of the terrorists, 41 elements of the ISIL Takfiri group were identified and arrested before conducting any act of terror,” the intelligence ministry said.
It added that the terrorists were detained in the Iranian provinces of Kermanshah, Kordestan, West Azarbaijan and Tehran.
“Many documents and equipment for terrorist operations were also seized from the terrorists,” the statement added.
Three unknown male assailants fired several rounds at the guards protecting the parliament building in Tehran on Wednesday morning. The assailants opened their way into the parliament’s administrative building while shooting at the guards.
A similar attack took place at the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini, parallel with the parliament attack.
17 people, including the parliament’s guards, were killed and 52 others were wounded in the twin attacks.
In relevant remarks on Thursday, Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alavi announced that a number of terrorist cells have been busted over the past two weeks.
“We have crushed several terrorist teams in the past two weeks,” Alavi said while visiting a group of victims of the ISIL’s terrorist attacks in Tehran on Wednesday.
He reiterated that the terrorist teams comprising two and three members were identified and arrested by the security forces.
“Investigations are underway to identify and arrest the remaining terrorists,” Alavi added.
The Iranian intelligence minister also warned official organizations to take precautionary measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
“There is no doubt that Saudi Arabia supports terrorist groups round the globe,” he said, adding, “You can find their trace in Syria and Iraq and the world has now admitted the ideological position of Saudi Arabia in all terrorist moves.
Alavi said that it is not possible to make any concrete judgment at this juncture and we require more time to be assured of Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the recent attacks in Tehran.
“West and global hegemony is now misusing issues such as human rights, fight against terrorism and weapons of mass destruction to meet their interests and easily trample upon rights of others to attain their heinous goals,” the intelligence minister added.