File image of the Iranian Shahab-3 missile next to a portrait of leader Ali Khamenei. EFE-EPA/FILE/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

Iran thwarts Islamic State bombing plot in Tehran

Tehran, Sep 24 (EFE).- Iran said on Sunday that it foiled a terrorist attack by the Islamic State militant group that planned to simultaneously detonate 30 bombs in Tehran.

The Iranian authorities said they have arrested 28 people who were planning to execute the terror plan.

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence said the terrorists planned to carry out the attacks on the first anniversary of the death of a Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, on Sep.16, 2023, to “incite disturbances.”

The 28 detainees “were part of the Islamic State,” and some of them had spent time in “Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraqi Kurdistan,” according to the intelligence agency, as reported by Tasnim.

The arrests took place in the past few days in the provinces of Tehran, Alborz, and West Azerbaijan.

Authorities seized explosives, detonators, American-made firearms, and money in foreign currency notes.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for several attacks on Iranian soil, with the most recent being the attack on a mausoleum in the southern city of Shiraz in which 15 people died in October last year.

Tehran also accused the global Islamist extremist group of the attack on the same Shiraz mausoleum in August this year, which killed two people.

The Islamic republic has blamed the West for fomenting and financing protests triggered by the death of Amini in 2022, while also accusing the US of creating the Islamic State militant group.

The first anniversary of Amini’s death was commemorated amid heavy repression and a massive deployment of security forces. EFE