Iran arrests 50 suspected terrorists

Iranian authorities round up at least 50 people suspected of links to terrorist groups.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Jihadists (illustration)
Jihadists (illustration)

Iranian authorities rounded up at least 50 people suspected of links to terrorist groups in a Western province, a prosecutor said on Sunday, according to Reuters.

The arrests were announced a day after Iranian security forces said they arrested members of a group linked to Islamic State (ISIS), which had planned bombings and suicide attacks in religious centers.

The arrests have been made days after Iranian Revolutionary Guards fired missiles from western Iran into eastern Syria, aimed at ISIS bases which had claimed responsibility for the June 7 twin terror attacks in the capital Tehran that killed 18 people.

"Since the terrorist attacks in Tehran, more than 50 supporters and elements linked to terror groups have been arrested in Kermanshah province," provincial prosecutor Nemat Sadeqi told the state news agency IRNA on Sunday.

"An appreciable number of suicide belts, electronic detonators, and weapons have been seized from the detainees," IRNA quoted Sadeqi as saying.

The June 7 attacks at Iran's parliament and near the mausoleum of the Islamic Republic's founder have exacerbated regional tensions.

Iran blamed Saudi Arabia, its regional rival, for the attacks despite the fact that ISIS claimed them.