Iran reports arrest of 7 al-Qaida suspects near Iraq border

December 29, 2010 22:58

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran's  state news agency reported Wednesday that security forces have arrested seven people near the border with Iraq and alleged they are al-Qaida suspects.

It was the first report in years in Iran of an al-Qaida arrest, although in the past the country has reported hundreds of such arrests.IRNA didn't provide further details but said the seven were propagating Wahhabism, an austere version of Sunni Islam practiced primarily in Saudi Arabia. There was no indication if those arrested were Iranians or foreigners.

IRNA cited an unnamed source — described as "informed" — as saying the suspects "were identified" over the past month and were subsequently detained in the northwestern town of Sardasht.

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