Terrorist Cell Bust in East, 40 Detained

Terrorist Cell Bust in East, 40 Detained Terrorist Cell Bust in East, 40 Detained

Security forces have arrested 40 members of a terror cell that planned to carry out attacks in the eastern parts of the country, the interior minister said.

On Thursday, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli provided details of a security operation conducted by police and forces of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps near the border with Pakistan earlier this week.

Fazli noted that the forces discovered and destroyed a 40-meter-long tunnel dug at a depth of 20 meters, which the terrorists had planned to use for their attacks, Press TV reported.

On Wednesday, Khash Governor Mohammad Akbar Chakerzehi told IRNA that security forces had managed to arrest a group of saboteurs in the border city of Khash in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

He said the group had planned to carry out acts of terror and sabotage against police and security centers.

Iranian forces have recently engaged in clashes with terror groups, thwarting their terrorist activities on the borders and within the country, arresting several of them and confiscating large amounts of explosives and bomb-making materials.

On July 6, four border guards were killed in an ambush by terrorists in Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan.

In June, a police officer and five members of the Jaish ul-Adl terror group were killed in the Khash region.

The same month, the Intelligence Ministry said it had foiled a major terror plot to carry out bomb attacks in the capital Tehran and other provinces, and arrested suspects.