Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The Turkish authorities announced, on Wednesday, that they had thwarted an attempt to smuggle a former Iranian military presence in Turkey to his country through “Iranian agents”, according to what was published by the official Turkish Anatolia News Agency.
#Turkey..The arrest of a network of agents working for #Iran Iranian intelligence worked to form the network of agents with a budget of $30,000 to arrest a former Iranian military https://t.co/nEJwhb3lFg https://t.co/aPHsK8n7nM
The agency published a video clip on its official Twitter page of the Turkish security services operation to thwart the smuggling attempt, commenting: “The arrest of a network of agents working for Iran… Iranian intelligence worked to form the network of agents with a budget of $30,000 to arrest a former Iranian military.”
Anadolu quoted security sources as saying: “8 people, including two Iranian agents, one of whom holds Turkish citizenship, were arrested during their attempt to smuggle a former Iranian military ‘MA’ residing in the Turkish state of Van in a Turkish intelligence and security operation on September 24.”
The agency added in its report: “The Iranian intelligence network offered 10,000 dollars to the wife of the wanted ‘MA’ to help them arrest her husband ‘MA’, and that she was threatened with harming her family living in Iran if she refused the offer.”
CNN in Arabic contacted the Iranian authorities to obtain a comment on what was stated in the Turkish agency’s report, without a response until writing this report.