Iran says prevented IS from recruiting its Sunni minority
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 1
By Fatih Karimov - Trend:
Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said the IS (Islamic State, formerly ISIL or ISIS, also known as Daesh) terrorist group was not able to recruit the country's Sunni Muslim minority.
"A good interaction between the state agencies and Sunni Muslim clerics has prevented Daesh and other extremist groups from recruiting people from the country's Sunni minority," IRNA News Agency quoted the minister as saying September 1.
In a speech delivered at the session of the Assembly of Experts today, Alavi went on to say that Iran had also foiled dozens of plots hatched by foreign intelligence bodies to destabilize the country.
Earlier on Feb 14 Alavi had also said that the ministry had dismantled a terrorist group in the mostly Sunni populated south eastern Sistan and Baluchestan province .
Furthermore, according to the Iranian Chief of Border Police Qasem Rezaei some of the terrorist group members were killed and three were arrested, one was injured when a terrorist group tried to enter the Iranian territory via its eastern border on July 11.
In recent months, extremist groups have conducted several attacks against local police offices in Iran. The groups claim they're fighting against the Iranian government for protection of Sunni residents of Sistan and Baluchestan.
Edited by CN