TEHRAN (Realist English). The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) says it is bolstering its forces in Iran’s northwestern region to combat separatist groups and firmly confront terrorist outfits in the restive area. This is reported by the Iranian English-language TV channel Press TV.
“While emphasizing that we consider the security of the region and the honorable and valiant people of the border provinces of the northwest as our red line, we strongly warn the armed villains and mercenary terrorists of the global arrogance that in case they press ahead with their villainy and create insecurity and disturbance for the people, the combatants of Hamzeh Seyed al-Shohada Base and other security forces will put decisive action against them on the agenda,” it added.
On November 18, the IRGC arrested members of a terrorist group in the province of West Azerbaijan for attempting to smuggle weapons and ammunition for use in nationwide riots and destabilization of Iranian cities. Twenty hand grenades were confiscated from the terrorists.
On November 16 at sunset, at least seven people were killed after terrorists opened fire on people and security forces at a crowded market in Izeh in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. Among the dead was a nine-year-old child, a 45-year-old woman and three young men. Another 10 people were injured, four of them are in critical condition.
The riots claimed the lives of dozens of people and security servecemen, and also led to terrorist attacks. Over the past two months, terrorists have committed numerous arson attacks on administrative buildings, killing members of the Basij youth movement and security forces.
On October 26, an ISIS terrorist (an organization banned in the Russian Federation) attacked the shrine of Shah Cherag in the southern province of Fars, killing 15 pilgrims, including a woman and two children, before evening prayer. As a result of the attack, 40 people were injured of varying severity.
Riots supported by foreign intelligence services swept several Iranian provinces after Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini died in hospital on September 16, three days after she lost consciousness at a police station. As a result of the investigation, it was found that the death of a 22-year-old girl was due to health problems. The authorities have denied the version that Amini was abused by the police.