05:42 GMT05 August 2020
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    At least two terror plots ahead of this week’s parliamentary elections were intersected by the internal intelligence services.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Iranian Intelligence Ministry forces had thwarted two terror plots ahead of this week’s parliamentary elections, Iranian media cited Minister Mahmoud Alawai as saying Sunday.

    The two counterterrorism operations were carried out in southeastern Iran on February 8 and on February 24 in the country’s northwest, the Tasnim news service cited Alawi as saying at a press conference.

    Iranian voters went to the polls on February 26 to elect 290 members of the Islamic Consultative Assembly and 88 members of the Assembly of Experts.

    The first unnamed group was raided in a border area with Pakistan. Two improvised explosive devices and other explosive materials were discovered during the raid, Alawi said.

    Another team uncovered six suicide bests, nine electronic fuses, explosive powder and four British-made timer sensors in the second raid, he added.

    The minister reassured that Iran faced no terrorist threat in the wake of the two operations.

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