TEHRAN (News Desk) – Iranian National Security Council Secretary Ali Shamkhani has said that Islamic State militants are hatching terror plots against Iran, while claiming to have thwarted several planned bombings in Tehran and other cities.

Iran’s state controlled news agency ISNA quoted Shamkhani as saying that a number of terror plots could have been executed in the coming days, had the planners and their facilitators not been arrested in a series of raids across the country.

He said that bombs and a large amount of explosives material was also recovered during the raids. The suicide bombings in Tehran and other cities were planned to take place during Ramzan, he added.