Iran foils terror attacks during election period
Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 28
By Fatih Karimov- Trend:
Iran's Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said that two terror attacks during the election period have been foiled.
Two terror teams linked with "Takfiri terrorists" who had plans for committing terror attacks during the election were identified and arrested, Alavi said, Iran's state-run IRINN TV reported Feb. 28.
Iranian officials refer to extremist Sunni armed groups in particular in Syria and Iraq, as Takfiri.
On Feb. 8, a Takfiri terrorist was arrested in the country's south eastern borders, Alavi said, adding half kilogram of explosives and home-made bombs as well as a magnetic bomb and a remote control were seized from the arrested person.
Also a 4-member terror team which was planning to commit suicide attacks was identified and neutralzied in western borders on Feb. 24.
Six explosive belts, nine electronic detonator and 1.5 kilograms of explosive RTX powder as well as four electronic sensors were seized from the arrested people, the Iranian minister said.
The election was held for the tenth round of the parliament and the fifth round of the Assembly of Experts on Feb. 26. Iranians went to the polls in over 1,063 constituencies.
Currently, the Parliament has 290 representatives, fourteen of whom represent the non-Muslim religious minorities. Women constitute about eight percent of the MPs in Iran.
A total of 4,844 hopefuls, including about 500 women, who were qualified among 12,000 registered candidates by the Guardian Council, were taking part in the rally to take the parliamentary seats.
The elected candidates will serve from May 3, 2016 for a four-year term.
The Assembly of Experts will also see its 88 members elected by the people for another eight-year term.