Iran's Exiled Opposition Planned to Kill Khamenei Aide

Published June 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The Iranian authorities have foiled a plot by the exiled armed opposition to kill a prominent adviser to the country's spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi said in remarks quoted in Monday's press. 

"The ministry's employees succeeded in thwarting a plot by the (People's) Mujahedeen aimed at assassinating Ali Akbar Velayati," the former foreign minister who is currently Khamenei's foreign affairs advisor, he said. 

Yunessi played down the importance of the group's mortar attacks, which have recently targeted sites in Tehran and Tabriz, and said his ministry had "complete control of their activities." 

He added that 70 percent of the Mujahedeen were "neutralized" as soon as they entered Iran. 

The Baghdad-based group has claimed responsibility for a number of attacks on targets inside Iran. Its presence in Baghdad is one of the main points of contention still hampering an improvement in relations between Iran and Iraq - TEHRAN (AFP) 

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