"Based on the confessions made by a number of terrorists captured in Iran, it has been observed that the terrorists are not faced with any limitation to access the basic materials – which are very ordinary materials- needed to build different IEDs with high destructive power and they buy them from shops in disguise and as a normal customer," the security official who called for anonymity told FNA on Sunday.
He said that the ISIL orders its members to purchase their needed materials from city shops in order not to attract the attention of the security officials.
His remarks came after the Iranian intelligence ministry announced in a statement that the country's security forces have traced and captured the remaining members of a recently busted Takfiri terrorist group in Western Iran.
"Other members of the recently busted Takfiri terrorist cell in western Iran who were at large, have been arrested in Kermanshah province in Western Iran," the intelligence ministry said.
The ministry's statement read that following the first blow to the Takfiri team on August (15-16), the rest of the Takfiri terrorists were arrested on Thursday (August 18). The ministry noted that a significant amount of arms, bomb making equipment, suicide vests and explosive belts were discovered from the terrorists' hide-out.
On Tuesday, a police commander said that four Takfiri terrorists were killed in armed clashes with the Law Enforcement Police in Western Iran
Commander of Kermanshah province's Law Enforcement Police Brigadier General Manouchehr Amanollahi said that an explosive vest and other military equipment were seized during the operations.
Meantime, Deputy Interior Minister Hossein Zolfaqari told reporters that ten Takfiri terrorists were chased by the Iranian security forces after entering Kermanshah city and "four of them were killed and 6 others were captured in clashes in one of Kermanshah's neighborhoods".
He said one of those killed in the clashes was a top commander of the Takfiri terrorists in Iraq.
Stressing that the militants had entered Iran with the aim of conducting sabotage acts, he said, "A Kalashnikov rifle, two magazines and an explosive vest were discovered and seized from the Takfiri elements."
The terrorists' attempts to create insecurity in Iran were foiled after the ISIL in a statement on Wednesday underlined its support for the terrorists killed in Iran, and threatened to launch acts of reprisal.
In the statement, the ISIL called the terrorists who have been killed in operations or executed after their capture in Iran as the "Sunni youth", and threatened the Iranian government with revenge.
The statement also described the Iranian government as "Rafidah (heretic)", and promised the families of the slain terrorists to wait for the revenge of their sons by the ISIL.
The Iranian intelligence ministry announced in a statement earlier this month that the country's security forces have traced and captured or killed 102 members of a terrorist group who carried out operations mostly in Western and Northwestern Iran.
"102 members and supporters of the Takfiri terrorist group called Tohid and Jahad have been identified in operations and prosecuted judicially; some of them have been killed in armed clashes with the Law Enforcement Police and security forces and a number of others have been arrested and executed or sentenced to prison terms," the statement said.
The statement said that the group has a record of armed robbery, attacks against the police forces and killing civilians and governmental officials.
The terrorist group had killed 20 Iranian people and wounded 40 others in different cities of Western and Northwestern Iran, including Kurdistan people's representative at the Assembly of Experts martyr Mohammad Sheikholeslam and prominent Sunni cleric martyr Borhan Aali, it added.
In another development last week, Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli announced that the country's security forces have defused the terrorists' plots to blow up a military base used both by the Law Enforcement Police and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Eastern Iran.
"As I said before, the terrorists sought to blow up one of the bases which was both used by the Law Enforcement Police and the IRGC," Rahmani Fazli said.
"The terrorists had dug a tunnel to this end, but were stopped before taking any action," he added.
by Jamie Doward
British police have come under fire for their role in training Bahrain’s police force, which has been accused of ruthlessly suppressing public protests and dissent.
A confidential 27-page “agreement for the provision of services”, obtained by theObserver, was signed on 14 June 2015 by the UK’s College of Policing and Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior. It spells out the explicitly commercial nature of the relationship between the two parties, but omits any mention of human rights issues.
Since it was created in 2012, the college has earned more than £8.5m from its international work, but has faced questions about its remit. Parliament’s home affairs select committee recently criticised the college’s overseas training programme, claiming that “opaque” agreements with foreign governments, which have been criticised for human rights abuses, “threaten the integrity of the very brand of British policing that the college is trying to promote”.
The committee attacked the Foreign Office’s refusal to divulge such contracts on the grounds of commercial sensitivity as “completely unacceptable”.
Now a law firm acting on behalf of a Bahraini activist allegedly tortured by the country’s security services has written to the Foreign Office, claiming that the nature of the agreement withBahrain raises concerns about the UK’s commitment to protecting human rights.
Daniel Carey, of DPG Law, said the government needed to give reassurances that the college was not providing assistance to the kingdom’s security forces that could undermine the UK’s commitment to human rights. “We know the college provides a wide range of training programmes domestically that are of potential concern, such as the use of communications data obtained by telecoms operators, the use of interception material, surveillance and undercover policing, and the scope of its courses to overseas customers is not limited in any accountable way," said Carey.
He also questioned whether the college was a legitimate entity. “The College of Policing is doing something unusual for government in selling services overseas. It is a company limited by guarantee set up by the Home Office. Whether government ministers have the power to set up bodies effectively external to their own department through which they then run profit-making activities is a difficult question of constitutional law. The much safer course is to get parliament’s authority, which didn’t happen here.”
The Foreign Office insists that all international work undertaken by the college is referred to the International Policing Assistance Board, which examines any potential impact on the UK’s commitment to human rights. It is understood that all sub-contracts governed by the umbrella agreement have built-in clauses referring to human rights.
A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: “It is not good enough to merely criticise other countries from the sidelines. Only by working with Bahrain are we able to bring about the changes we would like to see in the country. The UK is working closely with the government of Bahrain to provide extensive reform assistance focused on strengthening human rights and the rule of law. We see this support as the most constructive way to achieve long-lasting and sustainable reform in Bahrain.”
But Carey said the omission of human rights in the agreement was significant: “The agreement cedes a lot of control to the Bahrain government to pick and choose the areas it would like training on. It provides for all of the other controls you would expect: freedom of information; force majeure; confidentiality; intellectual property; termination; bribery. Why not human rights? Saying that this will be slipped into a subcontract does not seem to be an effective way to protect against human rights risks, especially after resisting disclosure of any of these details to a parliamentary committee.”
Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy, called for the UK to end the commercial relationship between the college and Bahrain’s Ministry of Interior. “We have continued to document widespread and systemic rights violations committed by the Bahraini police throughout this training, which started in 2013,” he said.
“If anything, abuses at the hands of the police have increased in 2016, amid a culture of impunity and a lack of transparency from both British and Bahraini institutions. As a result, the training has done little more than legitimise the status quo. Over the past few months, Bahrain has let go of all pretences of reform by cracking down on peaceful demonstrations, torturing detainees and arresting anyone with a critical voice.”
Dubai - A Bahraini suspect held for questioning in connection with a bomb attack that killed a woman in late June has died in prison, a local newspaper reported on Sunday, while another news website has suggested he may have died under torture.
The interior ministry said in a statement that a detainee held on unspecified charges died at a hospital on Saturday evening of “natural causes”.
The statement did not name the detainee, but the Arabic-language al-Wassat newspaper identified him as 35-year-old Hassan Jassem Hassan al-Hayki and said he was being held in connection with the bombing in the village of al-Aker.
“The detainee, who was held protectively, was suffering from a health problem,” the statement said, without giving any details.
Another news website which often reflects the views of Shi’ite Muslim opposition groups quoted the family as saying that he had complained of severe torture to force him to confess to charges of links to the bombing.
Authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Bahrain denies using torture and says it has installed cameras at interrogation centres to guard against abuse.
The interior ministry said earlier this month that it had arrested two men suspected of planting the bomb on June 30 that killed the woman while she was travelling through the village. Her three children were wounded.
The ministry said a third suspect in the blast had fled to Iran, a Shi’ite Muslim power across the Gulf from Sunni Muslim-ruled Bahrain.
A Bahraini human rights group challenged the official version of events, citing “conflicting narratives”.
Opposition activists have said on social media that witnesses reported seeing security forces fire on the woman’s car after it accidentally neared a royal convoy.
Home to the Gulf-based US Fifth Fleet, Bahrain has been plagued by sporadic violence and bomb attacks largely aimed at security forces since 2011, when the government put down mass pro-democracy unrest by members of the majority Shi’ite community.
The kingdom has accused Iran of fomenting protests by the Shi’ites - a charge denied by Tehran.
The small Gulf kingdom is seen by its Sunni-ruled Gulf neighbours as a strategic bulwark against Iranian influence. It drew UN criticism in June when it acted to strip a top Shi’ite cleric of his citizenship and closed down the main Shi’ite political opposition group.