Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence announced that it has successfully prevented 30 planned explosions in the bustling capital, Tehran. The coordinated attacks were intended to create chaos and were targeted at crowded city centers. As a result of raids conducted in Tehran, Alborz, and West Azerbaijan provinces, 28 individuals were arrested in connection with the planned attacks.
According to the Ministry of Intelligence, the explosions were aimed at undermining the country’s security authority, creating an unstable image, instigating chaos, and provoking protests during the anniversary of last year’s riots. The ministry stated that the arrested individuals were linked to ISIL (ISIS) and had a history of cooperating with takfiris in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Kurdistan region in Iraq.
The ministry also noted that the technical nature of the operations showed similarities with the known methods of Iran’s arch foe, Israel. During the raids, large quantities of explosives, electronic devices for detonation, US-made pistols, ammunition, communication devices, military-grade clothing, suicide vests, and foreign currencies were confiscated. Two agents of the ministry were wounded during the operations.
Footage released by state media showed the surveillance of the suspects using drones before their locations were stormed and they were apprehended by intelligence operatives. The clips also revealed the discovery of buried parts used for making explosives. Handguns and explosive vests were among the confiscated items, and a group of suspects were shown bound and blindfolded.
ISIL claimed responsibility for an attack on the holy Shah Cheragh shrine in October, which resulted in the death of 13 people and injured dozens. Iran attributed a second attack on the shrine in August to ISIL as well and arrested several foreign nationals in connection with the operation. Two men from Afghanistan were sentenced in early June for carrying out the first attack, while the shooter, Rahmatollah Nowruzof from Tajikistan, received two death sentences for the second attack.