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Iran security forces dismantle foreign-backed terrorist group, kill ringleader: Intelligence Ministry

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
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Iranian security forces have dismantled a foreign-backed terrorist group and killed its ringleader, the Intelligence Ministry says.

In a statement on Tuesday, the ministry announced that Iranian forces have arrested the main members of the cell, which has been supported and guided by the enemies’ intelligence services.

The terrorist team had sought to carry out acts of sabotage inside Iran, it noted.

More details of the operation will be announced subsequently.

The operation came over a week after security forces dismantled a terrorist and counterrevolutionary team in the northwestern province of West Azarbaijan, killing two of its members and arresting a number of others.

The team planned to carry out acts of terror against provincial military forces and extort money from the wealthy people to hand it over to counterrevolutionary groups.

Late in July, Iranian security forces disbanded another terrorist group that sought to carry out simultaneous terrorist attacks in several provinces in cooperation with intelligence services of two European and regional countries.

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