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More details emerge on foiled terrorist plot against Iranian opposition in Europe

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A terrorist couple who were behind the foiled terrorist attack targeting the Grand Gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Paris on June 30 were arrested in Belgium, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said, citing a joint statement by the Belgian federal prosecutor and the federal intelligence and security agency.

The NCRI added that the couple were affiliated with the Iranian regime. They said that according to Belgian security and federal intelligence, the couple, Amir Sadouni (38) and Nasim Nomeni (34), were arrested in a Mercedes-Benz in the Belgian city of Antwerp.

Citing the joint Belgian statement, the council said that the couple, who pretended to be supporters of the People’s Mujahedin organization of Iran, were found carrying 500 grams of materials used to make high explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP), and a detonator mechanism in a woman’s makeup bag.

They added that another individual involved in the crime was simultaneously arrested in France.

“An Iranian diplomat from the Iranian regime's embassy in Vienna, who was the liaison with the arrested terrorists, was also arrested in Germany,” the council’s statement said.

The diplomat arrested in Germany was identified by authorities as Assadollah Assadi, 47, who has been the head of the Iranian regime’s intelligence station at the regime's embassy in Vienna since 2014.

According to the statement, Assadi “had given the final order to the terrorists to attack the June 30th gathering.”

In response to the attack, the council called on European countries to close down “embassies and agencies of the Mullahs regime, the centers of terrorism and espionage, and the expulsion of diplomats.”

The attack was foiled as the exiled Iranian opposition group NCRI’s were hosting their annual Free Iran conference in France attended by US President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani and several former European and Arab ministers.