Albania Says It's Discovered an Iranian Paramilitary Network

The New York Times 1 month ago

TIRANA, Albania — Albanian police say they have discovered an Iranian paramilitary network that allegedly planned attacks in Albania against exiled members of an Iranian group seeking to overthrow the government in Tehran.

Police chief Ardi Veliu said Wednesday the foreign wing of Iran's Revolutionary Guard operated an "active terrorist cell" targeting Mujahedin-e Khalq group members in Albania.

He did not say what the alleged plot involved, or whether any arrests were made.

Veliu said another planned attack on the group in Albania by Iranian government agents was foiled in March.

Last year Albania expelled Iran's ambassador over alleged illegal activities threatening Albania's security.

Outlawed in Iran, Mujahedin-e-Khalq was listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department until 2012. Some 2,500 of its members moved to Albania from Iraq in 2014.


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