Iranian security forces have arrested three workers at one of the country’s key power plants on charges of sabotage, the Fars News Agency reported on July 8.
A source familiar with the case told the agency that the three workers were actively destroying and disabling a part of the power plant in order to cause frequent power outages in certain large cities.
“Three personnel of one of the most important power plants in the country, which is responsible for generating and supplying electricity to large cities, were identified and arrested by monitoring bodies for cooperation with anti-revolutionary groups,” the source told the Fars News Agency.
The detainees were operating on behalf of certain opposition groups, which are based outside Iran. Security forces are currently searching for other suspects in the case.
People throughout Iran experienced long hours of power cuts over the last few days. Iranian officials blamed the cuts on an unusual heat wave as well as on a surge in illegal crypto mining activity in the country. Malicious activities were apparently another factor.
Recent sabotage attacks and unusual incidents at sensitive civilian and military facilities have apparently forced Iran to adopt more cautious security measures.
These measures are paying off. Last month, Iranian authorities thwarted a sabotage attack on a building of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran in Karaj city, 40 km to the west of the capital Tehran.
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