Saudi Arabia claims to have apprehended a terrorist group trained near Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. Riyadh said ten members of the group were arrested and weapons and explosives were seized. However, Tehran has called Saudi Arabia’s allegations “completely fabricated”. Qatar-based Al Jazeera reports.
A spokesman for the country’s interior ministry said in a statement on Monday that the three detainees had received training in Iran. And others played different roles in the group. A Saudi spokesman claimed that the group members were stationed at Iran’s Revolutionary Guards base for several weeks in 2016 and received various military and field training, including explosive-making techniques.
The Saudi statement said that the group recovered arms and explosives from two locations. One of them is home and the other is farm. The seized devices included Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), several sten guns, a few kilograms of ammo and a variety of rifles and pistols. The statement also said that those detained will be questioned to find out more about their activities and those involved.
In response to Saudi Arab’s allegations, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Katibzadeh, fully fabricated it on Tuesday. He told a press conference in Tehran that the Saudi rulers had chosen to cover up their failures to make false accusations on Iran and to change public opinion as part of a show of contempt for political reasoning. Katibzadeh called on the regional rival to return to the path of honesty and wisdom, saying that Saudi Arabia could not benefit from this approach.
Note that in 2016, Riyadh severed diplomatic relations with Tehran. That year a prominent leader of Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Nimar al-Nimar, was executed. The protesters stormed the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Riyadh later decided to close the embassy. Shadow wars between the two countries also occur in many countries in the region, including neighboring Yemen and Syria.