Baku, Azerbaijan, June 15
By Farhad Daneshvar – Trend:
At least two suspect terrorists were killed and five more detained in southeastern Iranian port city of Chabahar following an operation on Wednesday.
As a result of the operation, one intelligence officer was shot dead, authorities said.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi has said that the militants had planned to carry out terrorist attacks in the country and targeted a military base, IRNA news agency reported.
Alavi added that the intelligence officer from the northern province of Gilan was killed during the armed clash, without revealing his name.
However, Hassan Shaemshadi, a journalist who earlier covered Syrian developments for Iran’s state –run TV channels, through an Instagram post last night identified the slain officer as Hassan Ashvari.
On the same day, an informed source told IRNA that the militants were linked with Ansar Al-Furqan, a Sunni militant group operating in Iran’s Baluchestan, and said that militants had a plan to storm upcoming religious events in the county with suicide bombers.
He added that the shootout began after intelligence officials in collaboration with police circled the hideout of the militants in Chabahar in the evening on June 14.
Several suicide vest, arms and ammunition were seized at the hideout of the militants, the source added.
In the meantime Mahmoud Alavi accused Saudi Arabia of sponsoring terrorist attacks against Iran and said his ministry has received intelligence suggesting that the Arab kingdom had hired several individuals from Iran’s neighboring countries to carry out suicide attacks against the Islamic Republic.
Alavi further added that two out of five detainees, captured following last night’s operation are foreign citizens.