The authorities in Iran issued a statement on 20 June indicating that they had recently arrested several terrorists and foiled a plot to conduct bombings in the capital, Tehran, and several other provinces across the country during Ramadan (ending 5 July).
The terrorists were identified as ‘Takfiri-Wahhabi’, terms commonly associated with Sunni extremist groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda.
The exact identities of the militants, including details regarding exactly where they were arrested and specific terrorist targets, have not been divulged by the authorities.
Iran is involved in the conflicts in Syria and Iraq against various Sunni armed groups, including extremists. As such, the risk of retaliatory violence in Iran is high. Iran’s elevated security posture negates the probability of a successful attack but does not diminish the persistent threat from this quarter.