Iran breaks up Islamic State bombing plot targeting Ashoura

2016-10-13 17:27
(File, AFP)

(File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tehran — Iran says it has broken up an Islamic State plot to bomb commemorations marking the Shi’ite religious mourning period of Ashoura.

Iran's official IRNA news agency quoted Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi late on Wednesday as saying several foreign nationals were detained with some 100kg of explosives. State television also reported the arrests.

Alavi said the suspects planned to attack events in Iran's southern Fars province. He referred to the suspects as "takfiri terrorists," a term used by Iranian officials to describe militant Sunni fundamentalists like the Islamic State group.

There was no other information immediately released. Iran has helped Shi’ite militias fighting against ISIS in Iraq.

In June, Iran said it broke up one of the "biggest terrorist plots" ever on its soil by Sunni extremists.

Read more on:    isis  |  iran  |  security

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.