The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)'s Intelligence Organization has identified and dismantled a terrorist team backed by a European country in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan.
Iran's Fars news agency cited an informed intelligence source as saying on Sunday that the arrest of the “sabotage and assassination team” took place in Ahvaz, Khuzestan's provincial capital.
“The terrorist team was supported and orchestrated by a European country,” the source said, making no exact reference to the country. “The sabotage gang was destroyed by the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization before taking any anti-security measures.”
The informed intelligence source stressed that the confessions of the arrested members of the sabotage team had revealed their plans to “assassinate a number of Arab people and personalities in Khuzestan.”
The source added that the goal of the team was to repeat the scenario of fake killings and creating riots in Khuzestan similar to the recent ones in the southeastern city of Zahedan in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, and in Ardabil, northwest of Iran.
On Saturday, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi pointed to recent riots and said the enemies sought to foment insecurity across the country but their plot fell through and they achieved nothing except failure.
Riots broke out in Iran on September 16 after the death of young Iranian woman Mahsa Amini. The 22-year-old fainted at a police station in the capital, Tehran, and was pronounced dead at a hospital three days later. An official report by Iran’s Legal Medicine Organization said that Amini’s controversial death was caused by an illness rather than alleged blows to the head or other vital body organs.
The rioters have been going on a rampage across the country, attacking security officers, resorting to vandalism against public property, and desecrating religious sanctities.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said the United States and the United Kingdom were “directly” involved in the recent riots, adding that dozens of terrorists affiliated with the Zionist regime and anti-revolution groups have also been detained in the unrest.