“The four-member team had hatched their plots in meetings in one of our Southwestern provinces and they were led by a person whose brother was among the ranks of the Takfiri and terrorist groups in Syria and was killed in clashes in Syria some times ago,” Alavi said on Tuesday, adding that the terrorists were “about to take action”.
He added that the team intended to join the ISIL abroad but the ISIL emir had told them to remain in Iran, hatch plots, supply weapons and take action in Shiraz and Isfahan if they were not able to conduct terrorist acts in their own province.
Alavi explained that the terrorist team which had plotted to carry out terrorist acts in Iran and had accessed explosives was identified by the security forces, adding that three other people in connection with the four terrorists have also been captured and are now under interrogation.
In a relevant development earlier this month, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force engaged in clashes with a terrorist team in the Western province of Kermanshah, killing and wounding several terrorists.
The IRGC Ground Force’s Najaf Ashraf base announced in a statement that a terrorist team affiliated to counter-revolutionary groups that planned to carry out acts of sabotage and measures against national security after crossing the border into Iran in Nowdesheh area in Kermanshah Province was identified and completely destroyed by the IRGC forces.
During the clashes, three terrorists were killed and one was critically injured while an IRGC soldier also lost his life, it added.
It noted that some ammunition and military equipment were confiscated.
Iran’s Deputy Police Chief and Spokesman Brigadier General Saeed Montazer al-Mahdi announced earlier that security forces dismantled several terrorist teams which aimed to carry out sabotage acts in the country in the holy month of Ramadan.
“The Law Enforcement Police’s border guards prevented a group of 20 armed terrorists from entering our country in Sardasht region (Western Iran), and 2 border guard officers were martyred in the battle against them,” General Montazer al-Mahdi told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
“Also in Saravan region (Southwestern Iran) a team of suicide bombers was trapped by police and a suicide bomber was killed before he could take any action and a large amount of ammunition, suicide jackets and explosive packages were discovered from them,” he added.
According to General Montazer al-Mahdi, also 4 suspects who planned to carry out terrorist acts in the final days of the holy month of Ramadan were arrested in South Khorassan province and 6 more individuals were arrested in connection with the terrorists in Qazvin, Fars and Isfahan provinces.