The group, which allegedly
had access to a heavy shipment of weapons and ammunition, was recently
apprehended after entering Iran through its western border, an official
from the ministry told
the Fars news agency.
official didn’t elaborate on the size of the unit or the nationality of
those arrested, but they insisted that the suspects were acting in
cooperation with Mossad, the Israeli spy agency.
seized from the alleged agents included pistols, grenades, rifles,
shotguns, and ammo. The arms were being brought into Iran to be used
during “urban riots and assassinations,” according to the ministry official.
announcement comes after several weeks of demonstrations in Iran
against water shortages in the southwest of the country, caused by
severe drought. The unrest has resulted in at least five deaths among
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The Intelligence Ministry representative also claimed that Israel had been intending to carry out “acts of sabotage”
during the Iranian presidential election in mid-June, which was won by
hardline candidate Ebrahim Raisi. The country’s security forces
prevented those activities, he added, and “dealt a blow to the Mossad terrorist network.”
He also thanked Iranians for their “constant vigilance,” while urging the public to remain wary of any “suspicious offers,” particularly if made online.
has long accused Israel intelligence of undertaking malign activities
on Iranian territory in an attempt to undermine the country’s stability
and derail its nuclear program.
The two blasts that rocked the
Natanz nuclear site in April 2021 and July 2020, as well as the
assassination of a top scientist in Iran’s nuclear program, Mohsen
Fakhrizadeh, in November 2020, have been linked to Mossad by Iranian
While the Israeli government has not claimed or denied
responsibility for those incidents, recently retired Mossad chief Yossi
Cohen implied last month that his agency could well have played a part
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In a bombshell TV interview, Cohen remarked that the Natanz facility didn’t “look like it used to”
after the explosion crippled its centrifuges, and confirmed that
Fakhrizadeh had been a target for intelligence-gathering by Mossad “for many years” because Israel was “most troubled” by his work.