Iran arrests 53 people for running pro-Islamic State websites

ANKARA: Iran's cyber police chief Kamal Hadianfar said on Monday some 53 people had been arrested for allegedly running websites supportive of the Islamic State militant group, Tasnim news agency reported.

Kamal Hadianfar said most had been based "in provinces near border areas," without specifying where.

Shi'ite Muslim power Iran said last month it had broken up a cell recruiting fighters for the hardline Sunni Muslim group in Kermanshah, a western province close to the Iraqi border.

The area has a large Sunni Kurdish population that has risen up against Tehran in the past

Iran has also sent officers to help in the fight against Islamic State militants in Syria.