Iran Arrests 3 Israeli Spies

TEHRAN (FNA)- Three spies who worked for the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad, have been arrested by the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), an Iranian judiciary official said here on Tuesday.

“Members of this network were in direct contact with Mossad,” Tehran’s prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi said, adding, “These individuals have received training in bombing and assassination in (the Israeli) cities of Herzliya and Caesarea.”

Mortazavi said that the spies have received 17 training sessions.

Meantime, IRGC Commander Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Monday that his troops have arrested members of a network of Israeli spies who collected and transferred information about Iran’s nuclear and military centers.

“A network which was mainly active in collecting information about the country’s military organizations was recently identified and dismantled as a result of IRGC’s information and counterespionage body,” Jafari told reporters.

It is not clear yet if Mortazavi and Jafari were pointing to the same people or spy group.

“Extensive intelligence measures and operations disclosed the network’s affiliation to Mossad intelligence organization,” he said, adding that “all members and elements of the network have been arrested” in an operation by his troops.

“This network sought to attain its devilish goals through collecting information and news about the country’s nuclear centers, IRGC’s sensitive bodies and commanders as well as political and military officials and transferring them (the information) to the Zionist regime,” the IRGC commander continued.

He also said that complex and advanced communications system, structures and modern disguising devices have been discovered and confiscated from the group.

“According to the confessions made by those arrested, elements of this network have had special bombing and assassination training courses in Israel and have purchased abundant equipment with the financial support of Mossad,” General Jafari said.

The IRGC commander said that details of the operation and dismantlement of the spying network would be revealed in the near future.

On Saturday, Iran said it had executed telecoms salesman Ali Ashtari on November 17 for spying for Mossad for three years and warned that its intelligence wars with Israel “have become more serious.”

Ashtari confessed to his crimes during his trial earlier this year.

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