Iran says arrests ten terrorists who planned to bomb 50 targets

June 21, 2016 19:07

BEIRUT - Iran has arrested 10 Sunni Muslim militants who were planning to bomb 50 targets across the country, Iranian intelligence minister Mahmoud Alavi said on Tuesday, according to the Fars News site.

Officials in predominantly Shi'ite Iran have said in recent weeks that Sunni militants from Islamic State have been trying to target the country.

Alavi said the arrests took place in the last week in Tehran and three other provinces in central Iran and along the border. He labeled the suspects "takfiri Wahhabi terrorists", a derogatory reference to Sunni Muslim militants.

The minister told a news conference in Tehran that the group had planned to attack busy public locations with remotely detonated explosions, suicide attacks and car bombs, according to Fars News.

One hundred kilograms of explosive material has been confiscated and an additional two tons of explosive material was intercepted before reaching the suspects, who are currently being interrogated.

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