Iran offers amnesty to Sunni insurgents on Pakistan border

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
April 24, 2010 15:57

TEHERAN, Iran — Iran is offering amnesty to several hundred Sunni militants whose small-scale insurgency in the southeast had destabilized the border region with Pakistan, a local government official said.

The offer, which has been accepted by 110 former fighters so far, follows the arrest of the leader of the group known as Jundallah, or Soldiers of God.

The group, which Iran claims is linked to al-Qaida, gained notice six years ago after it launched a campaign of sporadic kidnappings and bomb attacks that killed dozens, including five senior commanders of Iran's Revolutionary Guard in October.

The group's leader, Abdulmalik Rigi, was arrested in February by Iranian intelligence agents when he was flying over the Persian Gulf en route from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan.


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