Iran thwarts bombings in Tehran, other cities: ministry

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Posted: Jun 20, 2016 3:43 AM

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran thwarted a number of bombing plots in the capital Tehran and other cities, the Intelligence Ministry said on Monday, in what it called a major plot by Sunni Muslim militants against the Shi'ite Islamic Republic.

"In a criminal plot of the anti-Islamic terrorist takfiri groups, a series of bombings had been planned in several places of the country for the coming days ... the terrorists were arrested and some bombs and a huge amount of explosives were seized," the ministry said in a statement on state news agency IRNA.

Takfiri is a term for a hardline Sunni who sees other Muslims as infidels, often as a justification for fighting them.

(Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin, Editing by William Maclean and Alison Williams)