Iran cap­i­tal the tar­get of ma­jor ter­ror­ist at­tack

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Ira­nian in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cials have bro­ken up one of the “big­gest ter­ror­ist” plots ever planned to tar­get Tehran and other prov­inces, the coun­try’s state me­dia re­ported yes­ter­day.

The re­ports quote the coun­try’s In­tel­li­gence Min­istry as say­ing that it has ar­rested sev­eral sus­pects in the plot to bomb the cap­i­tal and other prov­inces, seiz­ing bombs and am­mu­ni­tion dur­ing the operation.

The In­tel­li­gence Min­istry state­ment, read live on Ira­nian state tele­vi­sion and car­ried across the coun­try’s news agen­cies, had lit­tle de­tail. The an­nounce­ment comes as Iran finds it­self bat­tling ISIS while also sup­port­ing Syria’s em­bat­tled Pres­i­dent Bashar Al As­sad in his coun­try’s long, bloody civil war.

Sev­eral sus­pects have been ar­rested and are un­der in­ter­ro­ga­tion over the plot af­ter agents seized am­mu­ni­tion and bombs, state me­dia said.

The semi-of­fi­cial Fars and ISNA news agen­cies quoted Ali Shamkhani, the sec­re­tary of Iran’s Supreme Na­tional Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, as say­ing the at­tack was timed to hit dur­ing the Holy Month of Ra­madan. Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency, cit­ing the In­tel­li­gence Min­istry, said the at­tack was sup­posed to come on the an­niver­sary of the death of the Prophet Muham­mad’s wife, Khadija, which was com­mem­o­rated on Thurs­day.

The re­port didn’t iden­tify those ar­rested, though it called them “tak­firis”, a deroga­tory term in both Ara­bic and Farsi re­fer­ring to Mus­lims who ac­cuse oth­ers of be­ing “non­be­liev­ers”.

Ira­nian au­thor­i­ties of­ten re­fer to fol­low­ers of the Sunni mil­i­tant ISIS as “tak­firis”, though it isn’t clear if this case in­volved the ex­trem­ist group that holds ter­ri­tory in Iraq and Syria.

Iran has been help­ing both the Syr­ian and the Iraqi govern­ment in their bat­tles against the Is­lamic State group.

In May, Iran’s In­tel­li­gence Min­is­ter Mah­moud Alavi an­nounced that 20 “ter­ror­ist groups” that planned to det­o­nate bombs and cause in­se­cu­rity across the coun­try had been dis­man­tled.

Iran faces threats from sev­eral mil­i­tant groups. Last week, Iran’s Revo­lu­tion­ary Guard bat­tled armed mem­bers of an in­sur­gent Kur­dish group in the coun­try’s West Azer­bai­jan prov­ince near its bor­der with Iraq and Turkey.

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