Iran makes large scale arrests in 'terrorist' plots in Baluchistan - Sistan

Iran makes large scale arrests in 'terrorist' plots in Baluchistan - Sistan
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TEHRAN: (APP) Iran has arrested 40 members of a "terrorist group" who plotted to attack military targets in the southeast of the country, the interior minister said on Thursday.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli , in statements carried by the official IRNA news agency, did not identify those detained.

He said the suspects had built a tunnel 40 metres (132 feet) long and 20 metre deep which they had planned to use to carry out attacks.

The governor of the city of Khash in Sistan-Baluchistan said those arrested had "intended to carry out terrorist and sabotage acts" against important military and security centres .

Mohammad Akbar Sharekzehi said the suspects had "advanced military equipment" and were arrested by security forces in a nearby house before they could carry out their plan. The governor gave no further details.

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