Iran Intelligence Ministry nabs several agents behind riots

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry says it has identified and arrested some of the agents behind riots, which followed the recent protests against economic conditions in a number of Iranian cities in recent days.

In a statement on Monday, the ministry said Iranian security forces helped by people had managed to detain some of the elements who incited unrest in several cities across the country.

It added that efforts were ongoing to arrest other agents as soon as possible.

According to the ministry’s statement, some of the peaceful gatherings held in recent days in order to express public demands had turned violent “due to the presence of suspicious and aggressive elements” who damaged public property and caused casualties.

Since Thursday, groups of Iranian protesters have staged protests in several cities to voice their anger over rising prices and economic conditions. Sporadic violence has erupted during the protests, causing a number of deaths.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday the Iranian people would deal with a “small and minority group” of rioters and lawbreakers exploiting the protests.