Iran Takes Significant Steps in Identifying Rioters

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said that his ministry has undertaken measures to identify the elements behind the Sunday riots in Tehran.

The Iranian minister noted that the information his ministry had gained through the interrogation of those arrested over the last few days, including the identification of individuals who had a role in the riots, was satisfactory and positive, press tv reported.

"The Intelligence Ministry has obtained good clues in respect to the elements who had a role in the recent riots," Moslehi said in a televised interview on Thursday.

"This unrest is different from that of the past and is a prearranged counter-revolutionary movement, designed by agents of sedition," he added.

Moslehi's remarks come in the wake of anti-government unrest during Ashoura ceremonies marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH). Seven people were confirmed dead in the Sunday protests.

The Intelligence Ministry had warned the rioters not to be manipulated or influenced by foreign elements who are said to be behind the recent incidents in the country.

The ministry said in a statement on Thursday that it will take the steps required in dealing with those who incite riots or violence in the country.

Moslehi expressed hope that Iran's judiciary will deal firmly with those involved in the unrest.

On Wednesday, in response to the desecration of Ashoura during Sunday riots, millions of Iranians across the country took to the streets in a show of strength and unity against anti-government protesters.

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