Iranian authorities have announced the arrest of seven alleged Al Qaeda members in in the city of Sardasht in Iran’s northwestern province of West Azerbaijan.
"The group was propagating Wahabism. They were trying to divide the Shiites and the Sunnis," Press TV quoted the authorities as describing the group's alleged activities.
It was not immediately clear whether the detainees were Iranian citizens or foreign national. No date of the arrests was also given. Very rarely has Iran announced the arrests of Al Qaeda members, although several of their leaders fled to Iran when the US forces invaded Afghanistan after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.