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Iran arrests 27 suspected Daesh members

Hassan Rouhani, who was re-elected in presidential elections on May 2017, delivers a speech as Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei (left 2) and Iranian Parliament's speaker Ali Larijani (R) sit next to him during official ceremony in Tehran, Iran on 3 August 2017 [Iranian Leader's Press Office /Handout/Anadolu Agency]

The Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and National Security announced today that it had arrested 27 people suspected of belonging to Daesh.

According to IRNA, the ministry said in a statement: “17 suspects were arrested inside Iranian territory, while the rest were arrested from places in which they had gathered in other countries.”

“Intelligence cooperation between Tehran and security services belonging to a number of neighbouring countries” helped capture the suspects.

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According to the Iranian agency, the suspects were arrested before the inauguration ceremony of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, which was held on Saturday in the capital Tehran.

“The suspects were planning to carry out terrorist attacks deep inside Iran and a number of religious cities in the country,” the ministry said in a statement.

On 7 June, Daesh carried out a double attack on the Iranian Parliament building and Ayatollah Khomeini’s shrine in Tehran, killing 17 people and injuring dozens.

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