“A sum of 27 Daesh (ISIS) terrorists have been arrested who were planning to carry out terrorist attacks in several cities, including holy cities, across the country, ahead of swearing-in ceremony of the President Hassan Rouhani,” the statement said.
They were nabbed during a series of intelligence operations and through intelligence sharing with the intelligence service of a regional country, it added.
It also said that the Iranian forces also confiscated some military equipment that the terrorists intended to bring into the country.
The statement noted that 10 terrorists were arrested outside the country while 17 others were nabbed in the country.
According to the Ministry, five terrorists were designated as would-be perpetrators of acts of terror in Iran while the others were in charge of procurement and providing support.
The intelligence ministry’s statement came after Commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said on Sunday that his forces has smashed a terrorist outfit in a Northwestern Iranian border area.
“A terrorist team which sought to enter the country with the purpose of conducting acts of sabotage and terror was dismantled by the IRGC’s Ground Force in a border area in the Iranian province of West Azarbaijan,” General Pakpour said.
Iran has arrested dozens of terrorists since twin terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital, Tehran, which killed 17 people and injured over 50 others.
On June 7, gunmen mounted almost simultaneous assaults on Iran’s Parliament and the Mausoleum of the late Founder of the Islamic Republic Imam Khomeini. The ISIL terrorist group claimed responsibility for the assaults.