AlMasdarNews reports: The Iranian security forces unearthed a 40 meter long tunnel in the Sistan Province on Wednesday, foiling a major terror plot by Ansar Al-Furqan (Al-Qaeda affiliate).
Iranian Interior Minister, Abdul-Reza Rahmani Fazli, stated on Thursday that this secret tunnel was discovered by security forces and that almost 40 suspects have been apprehended.
The discovery of this tunnel comes just 24 hours after Iranian security forces destroyed an Ansar Al-Furqan sleeper cell inside the Baluchistan Province near the Pakistan border.
In addition to the threat in the east, the Iranian security forces are currently involved in a heated battle with Kurdish militias (specifically the PJAK) inside the Kurdistan Province of west Iran.
For the most part, the Iranian security forces were able to repel all infiltration attempts by the Kurdish groups; however, the large presence of PJAK fighters on the Iraqi and Turkish borders has created a significant need for manpower to combat the Kurdish militants.