"The border guards have arrested three Afghans who had cross the border with Iran as they were fully armed with explosives and intended to join the ISIL" in Iraq, said Iranian Border Guards Commander Brigadier General Qassem Rezayee, as quoted by the news agency. The Islamic State, a radical Sunni group, which made headlines in June 2014 when it captured Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul in a blitz offensive, is also occasionally referred to as ISIL.
The three men were detained in the northwest of the country.
In a separate incident, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards arrested members of a terrorist cell in the southeast of the country. The operation was carried out in the Sarbaz region in response to the killing of several teachers and members of Basij, a paramilitary volunteer militia, according to Fars news agency.
Sarbaz, located in the Sistan and Baluchestan Province, bordering Pakistan, is often rocked by violent incidents, involving Sunni extremists and drug smugglers, according to AFP.