Iran arrests five al Qaeda members

Iranian police have arrested five al Qaeda members in an eastern province of the country, the official news agency IRNA quoted a senior police official as saying on Tuesday.

“Five members of the terrorist al Qaeda group were arrested in Kerman province … Two of them are not Iranian citizens,” said Kerman police Chief Hossein Chenarian.

“They were planning to carry out sabotage acts in Iran …They wanted to deliver a huge amount of explosive material and weapons into the country.” Since December, Iran has announced the arrest of at least nine al Qaeda members.