Iranian authorities arrest terrorist cell, army ready for challenges
The Iranian authorities announce arresting a terrorist cell that was planning to carry out sabotage operations inside the country, and the Iranian army announces its readiness to confront "the various plots hatched by the enemies."
Border Guard Commander in East Azerbaijan Province, Muhammad Ahmadi, announced arresting a terrorist cell in the province located in western Iran.
Colonel Ahmadi confirmed that "two elements of the terrorist cell were planning to carry out sabotage operations inside the country, and they found in their possession a number of weapons and munition," adding, "Within this operation, two cars carrying various military weapons, cameras, and remote explosives were stopped."
In parallel, the Iranian army commented on the protests and riots that took place in several regions against the background of the death of the young woman, Mahsa Amini, saying that "these measures resulting from despair are a malicious strategy of the enemies, aimed to weaken the status of the Islamic regime and the unity of the people."
The army affirmed its readiness to confront "the various plots hatched by the enemies."
In turn, the leadership of the Internal Security Forces in the northern province of Gilan announced that "211 rioters have been arrested," adding that they will be referred to the competent judiciary.
The authorities revealed the confiscation of "firearms and blade weapons that were in the possession of the rioters."
Earlier today, Javad Hamidi, mayor of Bojnord Municipality in North Khorasan Province, eastern Iran, said that "a group of rioters attacked Bojnord city center last Wednesday, causing financial damage to public property."
For its part, the ISNA news agency quoted the governor of the city of Malayer in Hamedan province, western Iran, as saying that "69 rioters were arrested on Thursday, for having in their possession a number of firearms, white weapons, and explosives."
IRNA had reported two days ago that four police officers were injured and a police assistant died of his wounds sustained on Tuesday in the southern city of Shiraz, following protests and clashes with the police.
In response to the death of the Iranian girl, Mahsa Amini, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi called her family on Thursday and confirmed that he had ordered the incident to be investigated carefully.
"Your daughter is like my own daughter, and I feel that this incident happened to one of my loved ones. Please accept my condolences," Raisi told Amini's family.
A few days ago, the Iranian police published a video clip captured by surveillance cameras documenting the last moments of the young woman, Amini, at the police station. Tehran police said the footage proves that 22-year-old Amini was not subjected to any violence or physical abuse.
Several protests were launched against the background of Amini's death, which caused the death and injury of a number of civilians and police.