The Iranian Minister of Intelligence Mahmoud Alavi announced on Wednesday that the terrorists were tracked down by forces of the Border Guard as they were attempting to cross into the country’s territory.
Alavi further described the 3 as leaders of major terror groups trying to enter Iran with an intention to carry out bombings among people gathering for religious ceenmonies, IRNA reported, citing the website of the Ministry of Intelligence.
"The three who were so arrested were planning to conduct a suicide operation in religious gatherings,” Alavi, who was addressing the public in the city of Ferdows in the eastern province of South Khorasan, stated on Wednesday.
Over the past weeks, hundreds of thousands of people gathered in mosques and other religious places to hold special ceremonies as commemoration of religious figures.
A terrorist attack on the Seyed al-Shohada Mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, Fars in 2008 left fourteen people killed and over a hundred more injured. 3 men were sentenced to death following the incident as they were convicted of committing the terrorist operation.
Iran has accused the US, UK and Israel of orchestrating such terrorist schemes on Iranian citizens and officials. Many suspects so far arrested by security forced have admitted to be in contact with CIA, Mossad or MI6.