DAMASCUS, SYRIA (02:35) – Iranian security forces have raided and destroyed a foreign terrorist organisation that had made its way into the northwest of the country, according to Fars News Agency.
“An armed anti-revolutionary team which had recently penetrated Iran with the mission to conduct blasts and kill people in false flag operations to heighten anti-establishment sentiments for continued unrests was identified by the intelligence forces in Piranshahr (…) They fired at the security forces and used a rural woman as human shield while being arrested,” an anonymous official told Fars News.
According to the official, the operation and the subsequent shootout also costed the life of three security forces, while three teams of foreign militants were arrested. The city of Piranshahr lies close to the borders of both Iraq and Turkey.
The alleged entrance of the foreign terrorist organisation into Iran corresponds with the dying down of a wave of protests that swept across Iran in the past week. While originally the demonstrations were intended to protest economic difficulties such as high cost of living and youth unemployment, they quickly spiralled out of control when groups of armed opponents of the Islamic Republic launched attacks on security forces, public property and religious sites.
Since Wednesday, the protests have been dying out as authorities called on protesters to allow the security forces to deal with the armed elements. The past two days have also seen massive demonstrations in support of the Islamic Republic and in opposition to foreign intervention in Iran’s domestic affairs.