France announced Tuesday that it had frozen assets belonging to two Iranian men and Iran's ministry of security and intelligence.
The decree announcing the asset freezes, published in the government gazette, identified one of the men as Assadollah Asadi, the same name as an Iranian diplomat who has been arrested over an alleged plot to bomb an Iranian opposition group in France in June.
Searches took place Tuesday morning at the headquarters of a Muslim Shiite associatio, named Zahra Center, in Grande-Synthe (northern France) and the homes of 12 of its leaders in the context of a "prevention of terrorism" operation.
Three people were taken into custody during this operation, including illegal possession of firearms, according to a source close to the case cited by Agence France-Presse.
Eleven people were detained by the police and the funds of the intelligence service were frozen for a period of six months.
Some 200 police officers participated in these searches carried out in the premises of the Zahra Center, located in the suburbs of Dunkerque.
On its website, the association aims to "make known the message of Islam through the eyes of the Prophet and his family." It organizes conferences, prayer gatherings and broadcasts many messages, including videos.
The Zahra Center is known for being allied to Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah.