Suspects in Terror Attack in Western Iran Nabbed

Suspects in Terror Attack in Western Iran Nabbed Suspects in Terror Attack in Western Iran Nabbed

Islamic Revolution Guards Corps forces have arrested three people suspected of being behind a recent terrorist attack targeting a lawmaker in the western province of Kermanshah, an IRGC commander said.

IRGC spokesman, Lieutenant General Ramezan Sharif, said on Saturday the three were detained in Kermanshah Province over their possible link with an assassination attempt against Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, the representative of the county of Eslamabad-e Gharb, earlier this month, Press TV reported.

He said investigations into the terrorist attack are ongoing and noted that the results would be publicized as soon as possible.

On July 10, Falahatpisheh escaped an assassination attempt after the vehicle carrying him was attacked by terrorists as he was travelling to the village of Rijab.

Faramarz Akbari, the governor of Dalahou County, and director general of the Fisheries Organization of Kermanshah, Farzad Afzali, also passengers of the vehicle, sustained injuries while an employee of Dalahou governor's office, Gholamreza Karami, and an employee of the Veterinary Department of Dalahou county, Hojjatollah Nik-Azm, lost their lives in the shooting.

According to security officials, terrorist groups, backed by Iran's enemies, have been carrying out acts of terror mostly in border areas during recent months to undermine the country's security.

The IRGC said in June that Iranian troops had killed several terrorists in an ambush in the northwest near the border with Turkey. In its statement, the IRGC said those killed were all members of PJAK, an offshoot of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), and added that their "five-member band" was destroyed near the Iranian city of Sardasht.

IRGC Ground Force Commander Lieutenant General Mohammad Pakpour also said in June that Iranian forces engaged in clashes with two terrorist groups in the northwest near the border with Iraq and killed a number of terrorists. He added that the two groups were trying to infiltrate Iran through the Oshnavieh border area to carry out acts of sabotage and terror.

In February, Iranian border guards arrested 10 members of terrorist groups who were attempting to infiltrate the country through eastern and western borders.