This photo shows the scene outside the Iranian parliament in the capital Tehran on June 7, 2017 during an attack, claimed later by Islamic State (IS) group, on the complex.Iran’s semi-official YJC.ir news outlet has reported that the authorities have arrested an IS leader who was planning attacks during Shiite ceremonies across the country next month. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
Reuters – The Iranian Revolutionary Guards arrested a member of Islamic State and foiled a plan for suicide attacks, a Guards commander said on Wednesday.
Col. Amin Yamini, the Guards commander for the western Tehran suburb of Shahriar, did not say when the arrest was made but said the attacks were being planned for a 10-day Shi’ite religious holiday that begins next week.
The Islamic State member arrested was from the Syrian branch of the militant Sunni organization and had planned to organize about 300 people to carry out suicide attacks, Yamini said, according to Basij Press, the news site for the Tehran branch of the Guards.
On June 7, Islamic State attacked the parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, south of the capital, killing 18 people and wounding more than 40.
Iran has blamed Saudi Arabia for being behind the deadly attacks. Riyadh has denied any involvement.
The Revolutionary Guards fired several missiles at Islamic State bases in Syria on June 18 in response to that attack.
According to Yamini, the Guards tracked the Islamic State organizer, who had a cell phone and satellite phone, and set up a meeting with him in the western Tehran suburb of Andisheh by posing as Islamic State members. When the person showed up, he was arrested.
Valuable information has been gleaned from his cell phone, Yamini said, according to Basij Press.