TEHRAN (Press Shia Agency) – The Iranian intelligence forces managed to capture a haul of weaponry and ammunition in the western province of Kermanshah, which had been smuggled into the country in order to be used for anti-security moves.
Following intelligence activities, the Intelligence Ministry’s forces in the border city of Javanrud, Kermanshah Province, confiscated an arms cache on Thursday which had entered the country from western borders.
Earlier this week, the Judiciary said the intelligence forces had seized a haul of US-made weapons in the central city of Isfahan, smuggled into Iran from the western border in order to be used in the November riots.
According to the public prosecutor of Isfahan, the consignment consists of over 126 riot (pellet) guns, firearms, and AK-47 as well as 900 live rounds.
“The weapons had been smuggled to Iran from western borders, and were confiscated by members of the Intelligence Ministry in Isfahan province,” Ali Esfahani said.
The Judiciary official noted that five people have been arrested on charge of smuggling the weapons, and will face trial.
In mid-November, the Iranian government raised gasoline prices in order to moderate the national consumption rate.
The move prompted protests in a number of cities that went largely peaceful but turned violent when armed riotous elements took advantage of the situation to vandalize public and state property, and attack civilians and security forces alike.
Iran has arrested over 100 ringleaders and masterminds of the violent attacks.