Authorities in Iran have defused 30 simultaneous bombs in Tehran and captured 28 “terrorists” affiliated to ISIS, according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, quoting the intelligence ministry.
“Some of the members are ISIS members, and the perpetrators have a history of being affiliated with [extremist] groups in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Kurdistan region of Iraq,” Iran’s intelligence ministry said in a statement.
The orchestrated attacks aimed to undermine security within Iran, portray it as unstable, and instill fear, the ministry said, adding that the planned attacks were intended to occur on the anniversary of last year’s anti-regime protests, which were triggered by Mahsa Amini’s death.
Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman, died on September 16, 2022, following her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress rules for women. Her death sparked months of protests that quickly escalated into calls for the overthrow of the Islamic Republic.
ISIS has claimed several attacks in Iran, including deadly twin bombings in 2017 that targeted Iran’s parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ruhollah Khomeini.
More recently, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on a Shia shrine last October, where 15 people were killed in the southwestern city of Shiraz.