Alwaght- Iranian security forces have arrested over a dozen members of the ISIS Takfiri terrorist group, who were planning to carry out attacks in the country's western province of Kurdistan.
The Intelligence Ministry announced Thursday that "two terrorist teams, which were attempting to carry out bombings and acts of harassment, have been identified and arrested in Kurdistan Province," which borders Iraq.
The terrorist teams, comprised of 13 ISIS-affiliated elements, intended to target civilians and assassinate Sunni Muslim clerics, the report said.
A number of the detainees, it added, had received training abroad.
The ministry also stated that remote-controlled bombs, weapons and other ammunition were seized during the security operation.
Iran's Kurdistan Province has seen numerous cross-border incursions by Iraq-based terrorists.
Last September, Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRCG) fired a barrage of missiles at a gathering of terrorist commanders in Iraq's semi-autonomous Kurdistan region.
The IRGC said the terrorists were planning to carry out attacks targeting the Iranian provinces of West Azerbaijan, Kurdistan and Kermanshah. Iranian security forces regularly carry operations to disband terrorist cells and killed their members near the western and south western borders of the country.