Iran arrests suspected mosque bombing accomplices



Iran arrests suspected mosque bombing accomplices Tehran: Iran on Friday said that it has arrested suspected accomplices of two suicide bombers who attacked a Shiite mosque in the restive southeast earlier this month killing at least 28 people.

"Some of those who helped the suicide bombers behind the Zahedan crime have been identified and some have been arrested," state news agency IRNA quoted deputy interior minister Ali Abdollahi as saying.

He did not specify how many were in custody.

"It is evident to us that the people who carried out the terrorist attack in Zahedan's Jamia mosque were linked to the Rigi group," Abdollahi said, referring to the Sunni militant group Jundallah, whose longtime leader Abdolmalek Rigi was executed in Tehran last month.

Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, claimed the July 15 twin bombing in Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province, which it said targeted members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

The group says it is fighting for the rights of the province's large, mainly Sunni Baluchi population in Shiite-dominated Iran.

Police said that the day after the twin bombing they killed six "criminals" in Sistan-Baluchestan province and arrested 40 people for "creating disturbances" in Zahedan.

PTI