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Iran detains Daesh group leader near Tehran

Members of the revolutionary guard attend the anniversary ceremony of Iran’s Islamic Revolution at the Khomeini shrine in the Behesht Zahra cemetery, south of Tehran, on February 1, 2012. (File photo by Reuters)
TEHRAN: An Iranian news outlet is reporting that authorities have arrested a leader of the Daesh extremist group.
The Wednesday report by the semi-official says the suspect was in contact with 300 Daesh members and was planning attacks during Shiite ceremonies across the country next month.
It said members of the elite Revolutionary Guard detained the suspect in a town near Tehran. The report did not identify the suspect.
From time to time, Iran announces the detention of Daesh-linked extremists and the defusing of its plots to carry out attacks.
The Daesh group claimed responsibility for attacks in Tehran that killed 17 people at the parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in June.

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