Iran says it foiled Israel-linked attacks on ‘sensitive’ sites

by | Jul 23, 2022 | World

Iran has long accused Israel of carrying out attacks against its nuclear sites and assassinations of key figures.Iran’s intelligence ministry has announced the arrest of a network of agents linked to Israel’s Mossad who entered Iran to carry out attacks against “sensitive” sites, state media reported.
The suspects entered Iran from northern Iraq, but were arrested before they were able to carry out sabotage and “terrorist operations”, IRNA said on Saturday, citing a statement from the ministry.
The announcement by Iran’s intelligence ministry came amid heightening tensions with regional rival Israel over Tehran’s nuclear programme.
“This network’s members were in contact with [Israel’s] Mossad spy agency through a neighbouring country and entered Iran from [Iraq’s] Kurdistan region with advanced equipment and strong explosives,” IRNA cited the ministry as saying.
The statement did not say how many suspects were arrested or give their nationalities, nor did it identify the targets of the purported plots.
“The members of the network … intended on carrying unprecedented terrorist activities in some sensitive locations and pre-determined targets,” it said.
The Israeli prime minister’s office, which oversees Mossad, declined to comment.
Iran and Israel have been engaged in a years-long shadow war, with the Iran accusing its rival of carrying out sabotage attacks against its nuclear sites and assassinations of key figures, including scientists.
But tensions have ratcheted up following a string of high-profile inciden …

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