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Iran rejects Saudi accusation it trained a ‘terrorist cell’ – World

Iran rejected on Tuesday an accusation by Saudi Arabia that it had skilled a terrorist cell.

Saudi Arabia mentioned on Monday it had arrested 10 individuals earlier this month and seized weapons and explosives from a terrorist cell that had obtained coaching from Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards. Saudi safety authorities, nonethelessdidn’t say the place the raid or the arrests have been carried out.

“Competent authorities on the presidency thwarted a terrorist cell […] whose parts obtained navy and discipline coaching on the right way to make explosives, on the Revolutionary Guard’s websites in Iran,” the dominion‘s State Safety Presidency mentioned late on Monday.

Safety investigations revealed the weather‘ identities in addition to two websites utilized by the weather to retailer weapons and explosives,” it mentioned in an announcement carried on official media.

It mentioned that among the many objects seized have been improvised explosive gadgets (IEDs), dozens of stun weapons, kilos of gunpowder and quite a lot of rifles and pistols.

Among the many 10 individuals detained, whose identities have been being stored underneath wraps, three had undergone coaching in Iran, it mentioned.

“The competent authorities are investigating all parts arrested to search out out extra details about their actions and the individuals linked to them within the kingdom and overseas.”

Iran’s overseas ministry dismissed the Saudi claims as “fully fabricated”.

“Saudi rulers have forged apart political rationality and now […] have chosen to manufacture lies towards Iran as a way to distract public opinion and a technique to cowl their failed makes an attempt,” spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned in an announcement.

Relations between Riyadh and Tehran have been tense for a number of years.

Saudi Arabia lower diplomatic relations with Iran following 2016 assaults by demonstrators on its missions in Iran after the dominion executed revered Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.

Tensions additionally escalated final 12 months over a collection of assaults on tankers within the Gulf, that Washington blamed on Tehran, regardless of its denial of any involvement.

Saudi Arabia accuses Iran of offering navy help to Houthi rebels in Yemen, a cost which Tehran additionally denies. Riyadh and its allies have been combating the rebels since March 2015.

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