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Iranians kill 4 Daesh militants in fire fights
August 17, 2016
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TEHRAN: Iranian security forces killed four militants and detained six others in two separate fire fights in the country’s west over the past 24 hours, local media and police reported on Tuesday.

According to the official police website, the fire fight took place in a neighbourhood in the city of Kermanshah, about 500 kilometres southwest of the capital, Tehran.

The police confiscated a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a suicide vest at the site of the clash, the report said. It did not identify the militants, though it called them “takfiris,” a derogatory term in both Arabic and Farsi referring to extremists —such as members of the Daesh group — who accuse other Muslims of being infidels.

Later in the day, Kermanshah Gov. Asadollah Razani told the official IRNA news agency that security forces in another town of the province on Monday night killed another member of militants he described as “takfiri Daesh.”

Several members of the group were also arrested, Razani said, adding that grenades, pistols and automatic weapons were confiscated from them. IRNA said the group was planning to “kill and massacre innocent people.”

Deputy interior minister in charge of security affairs, Hossein Zolfaghari, later told the semi-official Fars news agency that the total number of those detained is six. He said one of the four killed was a member of a militant group in neighbouring Iraq. He did not elaborate. On the other hand, Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested a dual national last week in Tehran linked to Britain’s intelligence service, the latest in a string of arrests of dual nationals over the past year.

“The accused was working in an economic sector related to Iran,” Tehran prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi was quoted as saying by the state news agency IRNA.

Dolatabadi did not identify the accused person or the second nationality.

Britain said it was trying to find out more about the arrest.

“We are seeking information following the reported detention of a dual Iranian-British national in Iran,” the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Associated Press

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