Intelligence officials in Iran Monday broke up "the biggest terrorist plot" to ever be conceived against Tehran and other areas of the country, Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.
In a statement, the Intelligence Ministry announced it had thwarted plans by a "takfiri" terrorist group to launch a series of bombings over the coming days. The term "takfiri" is a derogatory word used to describe Muslims who accuse one another of being non-believers.
"In a criminal plot of the anti-Islamic terrorist takfiri groups, a series of bombings had been planned in several places of the country for the coming days ... the terrorists were arrested and some bombs and a huge amount of explosives were seized," National Security Council secretary Ali Shamkhani is quoted as saying.
According to the state TV report, several suspects were arrested and are being interrogated in connection to the plot. The attack was planned to coincide with the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, Shamkhani said.
The IS militant group is led by radicalized Sunni Muslim extremists who consider Shi'a Islam to be heretical.
In March, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry declared that violence initiated by IS militants against Shi'ite Muslims in Syria and Iraq amounted to genocide.
The U.S. House of Representatives in March also classified atrocities committed by IS against certain ethnic and religious minorities as genocide.
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