Man Arrested for Trying to Break into Iranian’s President’s Office

Man Arrested for Trying to Break into Iranian’s President’s Office

Monday, 5 February, 2018 - 11:15
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (AP)
Asharq Al-Awsat
A man was arrested on Monday for attempting to enter the office of presidential office in Tehran.

Security forces shot and wounded the man in the leg when trying to pass the security gate of the presidential office in Pasteur Street in central Tehran. It is a high security area as other key government institutions are also located there.

"An individual wearing a shroud tried to push through the doors of the president's office and was warned by security guards," Tehran's deputy governor for security Mohsen Nasj-Hamedani told the Fars and Tasnim news agencies.

"The person was prevented from going further and was wounded by police gunshots," Nasj-Hamedani said.

“We are trying to identify the person and find out his motivation.”

Tasnim reported it had received phone calls from witnesses saying the man was carrying a machete.

Some ultra-conservative activists in Iran wear shrouds during protests against the West or to denounce perceived insults to Islam, as a symbol of their determination to defend a cause to the death.

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