AN IRANIAN diplomat is among three people arrested over an alleged terror threat after a plot to bomb a Free Iran rally in Paris was discovered by Belgian authorities.
Three terror plot suspects were arrested in France and Germany this weekend over an alleged terror attack plot to bomb a rally of more than 80,000 Iran dissidents in Paris on Saturday.
Two suspects in Belgium were intercepted by police on Saturday, while a diplomat at the Iranian embassy in the Austrian capital Vienna was arrested in Germany.
The suspects were found with 500 grams of TATP, a home-made explosive produced of easily available chemicals, as well as a detonation device found in their car, Belgian prosecutors and the intelligence services said.
The 38-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, identified only as Amir S and Nasimeh N, were charged with attempted terrorist murder and preparation of a terrorist act, it said.
US President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani and several former European and Arab ministers were among those attending the meeting of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on Saturday.
The huge meeting, which attracted a crowd of thousands, took place on Saturday in Villepinte, just outside of Paris and a three-hour drive from Brussels.
Sharon Gobadi, a spokesperson from the NCRI, said: “A plot by the religious dictatorship ruling Iran to carry out a terrorist attack against the grand gathering of the Iranian Resistance in Villepinte was foiled.
“The clerical regime’s terrorists in Belgium, with the assistance of the regime’s diplomats, had plotted this attack. A man and woman who were implicated in the plot were arrested by the Belgian authorities.
“The woman had come to Belgium from Iran in 2009. A diplomat of the Iranian regime who was implicated was also arrested in Germany.
“The Iranian Resistance has warned time and again against terror plots and preparations by so-called “diplomats” of the Iranian regime and by the agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and the IRGC Qods Force in various European countries.
“The Iranian regime’s embassies and representative offices in Europe are centers of espionage and terrorism, and the Iranian Resistance once again reiterates the need to shut them down.”
Staff at the embassy in Vienna said the ambassador was not immediately available for comment. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is due to visit Austria on Wednesday.
The Belgian statement gave no further details about diplomat, other than saying they were suspected of having been in contact with the Belgian pair arrested.
Officials gave no details about a fourth suspect, who was later arrested in France.
The NCRI is an umbrella bloc of opposition groups in exile that seek an end to Shi'ite Muslim clerical rule in Iran.
NCRI, also known by its Farsi name Mujahideen-e-Khalq or MEK, was once listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States and the European Union but has since been taken off the watch list.
Tehran has long called for a crackdown on the NCRI in Paris, Riyadh, and Washington.
Following the arrests, Belgian authorities also conducted five raids in different parts of the country but did not elaborate on whether anything was found.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel on Twitter thanked police and intelligence officers for their work. "
Once more the good cooperation between countries has borne fruit," Okeke Grorge wrote.