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Iran Vows Crushing Response to Terrorists.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi vowed that the country's security forces will soon give a tough response to the terrorist groups and the enemies of the Islamic Republic.

"The Iranian youths will thwart enemies' vicious plots through their acts of bravery," Alavi said on Saturday.

The Iranian intelligence minister reiterated that the country's security forces will soon give a "crushing response" to terrorists and groups hostile to the Islamic Republic operating in the region.

Alavi pledged that the terrorist groups would fail to weaken the Iranian people's determination.

On December 28, a number of protests over economic problems broke out in several Iranian cities, but the gatherings turned violent when groups of participants, some of them armed, vandalized public property and launched attacks on police stations and government buildings.

Mindful of how the violent individuals sought to hijack the peaceful rallies, the original protesters soon heeded calls by authorities to leave the streets.

According to officials, some rioters used shotguns and pistols to attack police and fire at the crowds of protesters.

While sporadic violence continued for several days - and claimed the lives of over a dozen people - officials announced that the riots would soon end. Huge counter-rallies have been held across Iran over the past four days in condemnation of the violence.

Lorestan province's intelligence office said on Friday that Iran's security forces had disbanded a local cell of the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorists which had carried out acts of sabotage during the protests.

It added that four members of the terrorist cell had been arrested through intelligence operations and one of them had been injured in clashes.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry said in a statement on Thursday that Iranian security forces had dismantled a terrorist group and arrested its members in West Azarbaijan.

According to the statement, the terrorist group "which had infiltrated into Iran with the aim of fueling the recent unrest" were put under surveillance in the city of Piranshahr.

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