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Iraq has reportedly foiled an plot by terrorists to assassinate grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistaniamid ongoing protests inside the Arab country.
Iraqi security forces successfully dismantled a terrorist group on Friday that sought to use the demonstrations against corruption, unemployment and poor public services, Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen news network reported.
Citing Najaf Provincial Governor Luay al-Yassiry, the report stated that members of the terror outfit had infiltrated the old part of the city for the purposes of their mission.
Yassiry did not provide any further information about the identity or the number of terrorists involved.
Apparently, the terrorists were planning to incite protesters to storm Ayatollah Sistani’s office so they could kill him in the process, according to an Al Alam corespondent.
Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, Iraq’s top Shia cleric, had earlier in the day called on Iraqi security forces and protesters to avoid violence as sporadic unrest in the country entered its 4th day.