On January 24, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence announced in an official statement that it conducted two successful security operations and foiled a plan of the Saudi Intelligence to carry out a terrorist bombing inside Iran, according to Iranian Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
According to the official statement, Iranian intelligence agents seized 23 remote controlled IEDs in the first operation. The IEDs were allegedly smuggled into the eastern border of Iran. In the second operation, equipment required for making bombs, including TNT, C-4, explosive kits, 150 explosive boosters and light weapons were seized by the Iranian intelligence in the western Iranian province of Marvin.
The Iranian accusations against Saudi Arabia may be true becauuse Saudi officials have threatened Iran on many occasions. On May 3, 2017 Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman even said that Saudi Arabia “will not wait until the battle becomes in Saudi Arabia but we will work to have the battle in Iran rather than in Saudi Arabia.”
The incident will likely lead to the further growth of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Teheran may step up its operations against the Saudi interests in Yemen, Syria and other areas.