Iran arrests 9 suspects in deadly mosque bombing

December 16, 2010 19:47


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TEHERAN, Iran  — Iranian state TV says security forces have arrested nine suspects in connection with a double bombing near a mosque in the country's southeast this week that killed 39 people.

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar told state television Thursday that security officers arrested one suspect at a border crossing. He did not specify which border.

State television also quoted an unnamed Intelligence Ministry official as saying eight more suspects were arrested in the port town of Chahbahar — where Wednesday's bombing took place — and several other nearby towns.

An armed Sunni militant group called Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, has claimed responsibility for the bombing. The group has carried out attacks on military and civilians in southeastern Iran in the past.

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