Iran foiled two terrorist plots ahead of polls

February 29, 2016 - 0:0

TEHRAN – The Iranian intelligence minister announced on Sunday that his forces had defused two terrorist plots before the Friday elections with a couple of people arrested and ammunition confiscated.

Mahmoud Alawi said the counter-terrorism operations were performed in southeast and northwest of the country, Tasnim reported.

A vicious act was neutralized on February 28, when a terrorist network was identified and arrested at a border area in southeastern Iran, Alawi said.

The ammunition captured during the raid included two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), explosive material and fuses, remote controls, and a bomb containing magnets, the minister explained.

According to Alawi, in another operation, the intelligence forces detected and monitored a terrorist group that had plans to enter into the country from the northwestern borders.

The 4-strong team was busted on February 24, two days before the elections, he said. The terrorists had 6 suicide vests, 9 electronic fuses, some RDX explosive powder, as well as 4 British-made timer sensors, he added.

The intelligence chief also said there is no blind spot in the ministry under his leadership.

The minister then assured the Iranian nation that there is nothing out of the Intelligence Ministry’s radar screen, and that the terrorist groups will not take the time to make any move.