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Iran nabs 40 from 'terrorist group'

Iran has arrested 40 members of a "terrorist group" who plotted to attack military targets in the southeast of the country, the interior minister said.

Iran's southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, has been the scene of armed clashes in recent weeks between Iranian forces and Sunni militants.

Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli, in statements carried by the official IRNA news agency, did not identify those detained.

He said the suspects had built a tunnel 40m long and 20m deep, which they had planned to use to carry out attacks, AFP reported.

The governor of the city of Khash in Sistan-Baluchistan said that those arrested had "intended to carry out terrorist and sabotage acts" against important military and security centres.

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