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