Iran arrests sabotage teams on eve of national festival

TEHRAN, Mar. 14 (MNA) – Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has announced the arrest of several teams that intended to carry out acts of terrorism and sabotage on Charshanbeh Suri, an ancient festival celebrated on the eve of the year's last Wednesday.

The Intelligence Ministry said in a statement that several terrorist teams had been identified and arrested over the past few days, including a 21-member group linked to the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in the capital Tehran.

The MKO-lined group intended to carry out acts of sabotage, including setting fire to public property, particularly buses, in crowded areas and destroying personal property, as well as throwing hand-made grenades, the statement added.

Another MKO-linked group was dismantled in the holy city of Mashhad, while 300 hand-made grenades were discovered, the statement said, adding that the detainees had also participated in the riots that broke out in Iran in September 2022.

According to the statement, many explosives and equipment used for sabotage acts were also discovered in a western city and a northwestern province, while two workshops used for making hand-made bombs were dismantled as well.

The Intelligence Ministry has in its statement promised to protect the security of the Iranian people and act decisively in the face of “Zionist terrorism”, but at the same time called on the Iranians to remain vigilant and report any suspected case to the ministry.


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