Jan. 31, 2011
Security forces have detained 20 suspects in connection with an attack in eastern Sistan-Baluchestan province, a senior judicial official said.
"The public and revolutionary prosecutor’s office in Zahedan demanded the execution of four of the perpetrators behind the Chabahar terrorist attack,” IRIB quoted Mohammad Marzieh, the prosecutor of Zahedan, as saying Saturday.
In a terrorist attack last December in Imam Hussein Mosque in Chabahar at least 38 people were killed and more than 89 others, including women and children, were wounded. The banned terrorist Jundallah group claimed responsibility.
Marzieh went on to say that the suspects were taken in on charges of "cooperation with the main perpetrators of the attack and transporting explosive belts” and "providing a safe haven for the attackers.”
The official noted that the "Interpol is looking for” those agents who fled the country after the attack.
The Pakistan-based Jundallah has carried out numerous bombings, assassination attempts, and terrorist attacks in Iran.
Its leader Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested by Iranian intelligence in February 2010 and executed four months later after being found guilty of crimes, including armed robbery, bombings and armed attacks on police and civilians.
In his confessions Rigi said he had dealings with the US government and was promised unlimited funds and resources for "waging an insurgency” in Iran.
Iran says the perpetrators behind the Chabahar terrorist attack were trained and equipped by foreign elements inside Pakistan.
Tehran has called on the Pakistan government to step up efforts to secure its borders and prevent terrorists from crossing over into Iran.