Report: Iran tighten security around World Cup qualifiers

Published June 11th, 2017 - 02:34 GMT
Football fans cheer during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match between Iran and China at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on March 28, 2017.
ATTA KENARE / AFP
Football fans cheer during the 2018 World Cup qualifying football match between Iran and China at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on March 28, 2017. ATTA KENARE / AFP

Iran has stepped up security measures around two upcoming World Cup qualifiers in Tehran in the wake of the twin attacks in which 17 people died, the Fars news agency said on Sunday.

The report said Iran officials have assured the ruling football body FIFA that adequate security is in place for Monday's match between Iran and Uzbekistan and Tuesday's Iraq v Japan encounter.

Fars said fans must expect strict entry checks and the authorities will also be on their guard should Iran qualify for the World Cup with a victory as that would prompt major street parties in the capital and elsewhere in the country.

On Wednesday, the Iranian parliament in Tehran and the mausoleum of revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on the southern outskirts of the capital were attacked, with the Islamic State extremist group said to be behind the events in which 17 people and five attackers died.

Tehran has stepped up security in general after the attacks, especially at its airports.


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