TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said it has formed "strike teams” in districts of Tehran and plans patrols to ensure security in the southern oil-rich province of Khuzestan.
Brigadier General Muhammad Reza Yazdi, who commands IRGC forces in Tehran province, said members of the Basij force were ready to "tackle thugs and disrupters of security” in the capital.
Separately, the IRGC said it was prepared to "activate patrols” in Khuzestan after a rise in reports of "theft and insecurity” in cities such as Ahvaz, the ISNA news agency reported.
The statement comes days ahead of the anniversary of a 2018 terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz that martyred 25 people, claimed by a Western-backed separatist group. Officials have canceled the annual defense parades this year because of the coronavirus.