Iran rejects Saudi Arabia’s accusation of terrorist cell training

Clay Curtis
September 29, 2020

Saudi Arabia announced on Monday that it has busted a terrorist cell that had received military and field training by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

The cell was discovered last week during security monitoring according to SPA, report.

The statement said weapons and explosives were confiscated at two locations, a house and a farm, in the Gulf Arab state, which is the world's largest oil exporter and a key ally of the United States. Saudi security authorities, however, did not say where the raid or the arrests were carried out.

It said that among the 10 people detained, whose identities were being kept under wraps, three had undergone training in Iran.

All those arrested are now being investigated to find out more information about their activities and the persons connected to them in the kingdom and overseas, the spokesperson said.

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In a statement issued by Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh, he described the Saudi claim as "a rehash of old accusations".

"By abandoning political wisdom, and, this time, in the form of a threadbare show, Saudi rulers have fabricated a false case against Iran as a ploy to deflect public attention in order to cover up its own failed moves", the spokesman noted.

Saudi Arabia and Iran broke off diplomatic relations in 2016 after the Saudi authorities executed a prominent Shia cleric.

The United States and Saudi Arabia have blamed a series of attacks against oil interests in the Gulf since past year on Iran.

Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran are locked in several proxy wars in the region, including in Yemen.

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