Elite mil­i­tary force killed ter­ror­ists, of­fi­cial says

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Iran’s elite Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard said it had killed the “main el­e­ments” be­hind a bomb at­tack in the coun­try’s north­west, the semiof­fi­cial Fars news agency re­ported.

Fars quoted Mo­ham­mad Pakpour, head of the corps’ ground forces, as say­ing guards­men had killed many of those be­hind the “ter­ror­ist act” in the city of Mahabad.

“They were iden­ti­fied and chased by the guards,” he was quoted as say­ing. “On Satur­day many of them … were killed in an op­er­a­tion.” He gave no fur­ther de­tails.

In­tel­li­gence Min­is­ter Hey­dar Moslehi said Thurs­day that the group be­hind Wed­nes­day’s blast, which killed 12 peo­ple and in­jured 80, had been ar­rested.

Au­thor­i­ties blame the blast, which took place dur­ing an an­nual mil­i­tary pa­rade, on anti-rev­o­lu­tion­ary mil­i­tants backed by the coun­try’s arch foes, the United States and Is­rael.

No group has claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the bomb­ing.

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