Iraqi authorities have arrested several pro-Iranian agents who were planning terrorist attacks in a crowded Baghdad neighborhood, the official Iraqi News Agency reported.

In a statement reported by INA, Iraqi security authorities said "criminal elements were arrested while trying to conduct a sabotage and terrorist act against the civilians in one of Baghdad's most crowded areas."

The report did not specify which area nor how many people were arrested.

Iran had recruited the men to achieve its "aggressive goals planned by the circles of evil and terrorism in the Iranian regime to serve the Zionist-U.S. schemes," the statement said.

Iran and Iraq, which share a 800-mile border, host rebels fighting each other's government. A 1980-88 war between the two Muslim nations killed or wounded more than 1 million people before a U.N.-brokered cease-fire ended the bloodshed.