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Iran ‘foils plot by Sunni militants to bomb Tehran’

The authorities in Iran have thwarted a plot by Sunni militants to bomb targets in the capital Tehran and other cities, the intelligence ministry says, the BBC reports.

The ministry said members of an “anti-Islamic terrorist takfiri group” had been arrested and explosives seized.

The intelligence ministry gave no further details about the suspects.

“Takfiri” is a term used by officials in Shia Iran to describe Sunni extremists who declare other Muslims as apostates deserving of death.

Iran is currently helping both the Syrian and Iraqi governments battle the jihadist group, Islamic State (IS), which considers Shia to be infidels for their veneration of the Prophet Muhammad’s family and other beliefs and practices.

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