Two Iranians have been arrested in Albanian capital Tirana over terrorism-linked charges, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said Sunday.
The arrest occurred Thursday morning outside the Bektashi World Center just before the start of the Iranian Year (Nowruz) celebration.
The two Iranians were arrested by the intelligence services and the counterterrorism unit of the Albanian police.
The suspects, identified by their initials as 65 years-old F.Z. and 59 years-old S.M., were taking photos at the moment of their arrest.
They told the anti-terrorism police and other officers that they were journalists and they had come there upon the invitation of the Bektashi World Center.
“According to preliminary information, these two Iranian nationals arrived in Albania in the past few days via the Rinas International airport and passed the security check point without any problem. The two Iranians were detained for further investigation by Albanian anti-terrorism agencies, following the information received from international partners, they were willing to carry out terrorist work in our country,” according to Albani’s media.