Iran arrests 11 over suspected ISIS suicide bombing plot
Intelligence and security service have reported a marked increase in alleged plots in recent months
Iran has arrested 11 people on suspicion of planning suicide bombings on behalf of the ISIS group and seized large quantities of explosives, local media reported on Friday.
It was the latest in a series of alleged plots by the extremists uncovered in the country which has been a major supporter of the campaign against them in neighboring Iraq.
“Eleven people were arrested and the terrorist group dismantled,” General Ahmad-Ali Goudarzi, who heads the security forces in the southern province of Fars, was quoted as saying.
“Dozens of cars and motorbikes, as well as 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of explosives, were seized.”
The Mehr news agency quoted the province’s deputy governor as saying those arrested were believed to be members of ISIS.
Iran’s intelligence and security service have reported a marked increase in alleged plots in recent months.
In June, the intelligence ministry said it had thwarted a plot to carry out dozens of bomb attacks across the capital Tehran.
Several other arrests and clashes with militants were reported over the summer.
On October 4, General Mohammad Pakpour, land forces commander for the Revolutionary Guards, said 12 “counter-revolutionary terrorists” had been killed trying to enter Iran’s western province of Kermanshah from neighboring Iraq.