Iran arrests Sunni militant group leader

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February 23, 2010 10:02

 
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Iran's security forces have arrested the leader of an armed Sunni opposition group waging a low-level insurgency in southeastern Iran, state television reported Tuesday.

The broadcast quoted an Intelligence Ministry statement reporting the arrest of Abdulmalik Rigi, whose Jundallah group has claimed responsibility for bombing attacks that have killed dozens in recent years, including five senior commanders of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in October.

The TV report quoted Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar as saying that Rigi was arrested abroad, then taken to Iran. Najjar did not say where Rigi was apprehended, but he was believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

Mohammad Azad, Provincial Governor of Sistan-Baluchestan in southeastern Iran, told state TV that Rigi's arrest came after months of intelligence-gathering operations. Other militants who were with him were also taken into custody and transferred to Iran, Azad said, without elaborating.

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