Daily Israel Report

Iran Says it Dismantled Israeli-Linked Terrorist Network

Security forces in Iran have dismantled a terrorist and sabotage network in Shiraz, says semi-official ISNA news agency.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/26/2013, 4:15 AM

Tehran
Tehran
AFP photo

Security forces in Iran have dismantled a terrorist and sabotage network in the southern city of Shiraz, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, the network planned bombings and assassination attempts during Iran’s presidential election earlier this month.

The report did not say how many suspects were involved nor were any names provided. According to ISNA, the network had links with the CIA, Israel and some neighboring Arab nations.

Earlier this month, reports said that Iran had dismantled a "terror network" backed by Israel's Mossad intelligence services which planned to disrupt the presidential election.

The arrested group was reportedly made up of 12 members, but the details of this incident were vague as well, as it was not specified when it had been busted.

In May, Iran hanged two convicted spies, one accused and found guilty of working for Israel, the other for the United States.

Iran regularly accuses Israel and the United States of waging a deadly campaign of sabotage against its nuclear program and has announced a string of arrests of alleged agents in recent years.

In May last year, Iran executed Majid Jamali Fashi after convicting him of spying for the Mossad and of playing a key role in the January 2010 assassination of a top nuclear scientist in return for payment of $120,000.

Iran is also still holding U.S.-Iranian national Amir Mirzai Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine whom it accuses of being an operative of the Central Intelligence Agency, despite vigorous denials by both Washington and his family.