Tehran police apprehends 604 thieves in connection with riots
Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi announces the apprehension of over 600 burglars and the dismantlement of dozens of dens and gangs in connection with the ongoing riots in Iran.
In the midst of unrest and an escalation of crime in Iran, Tehran police have apprehended 604 burglars, according to Tehran Police Commander Hossein Rahimi.
As cited by ISNA, Rahimi said on Tuesday that "some 604 robbers engaged in apartment theft, vehicle theft, and mobile phone theft were arrested."
Rahimi also noted that the police eliminated 14 gangs, many members of which were among the robbers arrested.
During the detentions, police officers confiscated 13 assault and hunting weapons, and 77 bladed weapons as well as 238 cars and motorcycles, the commander said. The police also identified and destroyed 33 robbers' hideouts, as well as 13 hideouts of buyers of stolen goods, 3 gang hideouts, and 54 drug dens, Rahimi added. He noted that 907 cases were opened.
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Riots in Iran
Iranian army commander, Maj. Gen. Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi, considered on Monday that the riots in Iran were part of the United States' plan to disrupt negotiations on the restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Mass riots began in Iran in mid-September in connection with the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Iranian authorities have accused Western countries of fueling mass riots, and European diplomats were given a note of protest in connection with anti-Iranian media reports and calls to overthrow the country's government.
"The recent unrest in Iran was part of US efforts to disrupt the negotiations in Vienna [on the JCPOA]," Mousavi was quoted as saying by Iranian state broadcaster IRIB.
"It is natural that I may say things in a private conversation with my parents that I would never say publicly," said #BBC Persian's Senior TV Presenter, acknowledging the recording.#Iran https://t.co/Q0fcIcDEJv— Al Mayadeen English (@MayadeenEnglish) November 7, 2022
Earlier in the day, Iran's special services intercepted a cargo with money and intelligence equipment from Saudi Arabia, which was intended for rioters, Mousavi revealed.
On Saturday, during a meeting with a group of students in Tehran, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that "riots and the attempts to create chaos in the country are different from protests. The riots and those creating insecurity should be definitely countered."
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