'Biggest terror plot ever' foiled by authorities in Iran
Published 20/06/2016 | 09:51
Iranian state TV says the country’s intelligence agents have disrupted "the biggest terrorist plot" ever to target Tehran.
Reports by state television and the Tasnim news agency quote the Intelligence Ministry as saying several suspects have been arrested in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the Iranian capital and other provinces.
The report by Tasnim, an agency supportive of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, referred to: “a major plot to carry out a series of bombing raids in several locations across the capital of Iran, specifically during the upcoming events in the holy month of Ramadan."
"Thanks to the efforts by the intelligence forces,” the report added, “The devil plots were thwarted, the terrorists were arrested and a number of bombs -ready for blast- and a huge amount of explosive material were confiscated.”
The report did not identify those arrested but referred to “a major plot by the Takfiri-Wahhabi groups.”
"Takfiris" is a derogatory term in both Arabic and Farsi referring to Muslims who accuse others of being "nonbelievers."
Wahhabism is the conservative branch of Sunni Islam whose followers include members of al-Qaeda and Islamic State.
Shia Iran has been active in helping both the Syrian and the Iraqi government in their battles against Islamic State.
The strength of the Tasnim agency’s friendly relations with Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was suggested in April 2013 when Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the Revolutionary Guards, visited the agency and announced: “The faithful and Revolutionary media have today a very heavy duty in confronting anti-islamic and anti-human plots of the oppressors."
Further details of the alleged terrorist plot have yet to emerge.