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IRAN: Intelligence ministry claims to have uncovered 'terrorist' plots

June 24, 2009 | 11:10 am

Iran’s intelligence ministry is claiming to have uncovered “terrorist” plots aimed at destabilizing the country during the recent presidential election, according to a report posted on the website of the state-owned Press TV. The report says:

"The ministry has dismantled the groups involved in such activities and has arrested almost all group-members in two stages," IRNA quoted Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei on Wednesday.

He said that the plots included bomb attacks on several sites in Iran, adding that those behind such activities were linked with "the Zionist and non-Zionist regimes outside the county."

One of the targets, Mohseni-Ejei said, was the holy shrine of the late founder of the Islamic Revolution, Imam Khomeini. After the plot was foiled, the assailant detonated the bomb outside the shrine and "a number of people have been arrested regarding the suicide bombing," he added

Faced with its most serious domestic challenge in 30 years, Iran's leadership has sought to characterize days of massive protests over the outcome of the disputed June 12 vote as the work of the country's Western enemies and has labeled the demonstrators as “terrorists.”

The Times' Ramin Mostaghim today reports on the media blitz against the West.

-- Alexandra Zavis in Los Angeles