Turkey’s security forces have disrupted an alleged Iranian spy-ring operating in the country, state-run Anadolu agency reported on Wednesday.
An Iranian citizen and seven Turkish nationals accused of working for Iran were detained by Turkish police on Sept. 24 in a joint operation with the National Intelligence Agency (MİT), Anadolu said.
The group are alleged to have been behind a plot to kidnap a former Iranian military officer in Turkey’s Van province on the orders of Iranian intelligence officers.
After seeking to threaten and bribe the former soldier’s wife into revealing his location, two members of the group were apprehended by police after they entered a private residence, Anadolu said. Six others were subsequently detained as part of the investigation.
Last year, Iranian intelligence agents were similarly accused of abducting a political dissident in Istanbul. Habib Chaab, the leader of the Swedish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA), was allegedly drugged before being transported across the Iranian border in Van.