Ottawa Citizen



French authoritie­s on Tuesday froze the assets of the internal security section of Iran’s Intelligen­ce Ministry as well as those of two Iranians, and all but pointed a finger at Tehran as the force behind an alleged plot to bomb an Iranian exile group’s rally near Paris.

Police also raided the headquarte­rs of a Muslim religious associatio­n in northern France, seizing weapons and detaining three people.

The building houses a Shiite federation, an antiZionis­t party and other groups. The assets of the groups and their leaders were frozen as well.

A joint statement by France’s interior, economy and foreign ministers made clear the six-month freeze on the Intelligen­ce Ministry’s internal security section was linked to the alleged attempt to bomb the June 30 rally outside Paris of the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, or MEK.

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