Iran ar­rests four sus­pects in Chaba­har ter­ror­ist at­tack

Iran Daily - - National -

The pros­e­cu­tor of Sis­tan-baluches­tan Prov­ince said on Satur­day that se­cu­rity forces have ar­rested four sus­pects in con­nec­tion with Thurs­day’s deadly car bomb at­tack in Chaba­har.

Ali Mo­va­hedi-rad said the sus­pects were ar­rested in var­i­ous cities in the prov­ince fol­low­ing the sui­cide at­tack which killed two po­lice­men in the south­east­ern port city of Chaba­har, IRNA re­ported.

He added, “In­ves­ti­ga­tions will con­tinue into the role of the sus­pects in the ter­ror­ist op­er­a­tions and the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of the main agents of the in­ci­dent.”

On Thurs­day morn­ing, a ve­hi­cle laden with ex­plo­sives went off close to the po­lice head­quar­ters in Chaba­har, killing at least two po­lice­men and wound­ing 42 oth­ers. Iran’s in­tel­li­gence min­is­ter said on Satur­day that Is­rael and the United States as well as some re­gional states sup­port ter­ror­ists to carry out at­tacks against the Is­lamic Repub­lic. “The se­cu­rity ser­vices of the re­gion are in­volved in these acts of ter­ror. Also, by em­ploy­ing their poli­cies and strate­gies, the Zion­ist regime and the United States back these ter­ror­ist groups,” Mah­moud Alavi said.

“In their per­spec­tive, the kind of ter­ror­ism that is in line with their pur­poses is not con­sid­ered to be a ‘ter­ror­ism’ wor­thy of con­dem­na­tion,” said the in­tel­li­gence min­is­ter.

Alavi spoke in Tehran on the side­lines of a coun­tert­er­ror­ism con­fer­ence par­tic­i­pated by se­nior par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from Iran, China, Rus­sia, Afghanistan, Pak­istan and Tur­key.

On Thurs­day, For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif vowed that the Is­lamic Repub­lic will bring the per­pe­tra­tors and “their mas­ters” to jus­tice. Sis­tan-and-baluches­tan – which bor­ders Pak­istan – has suf­fered sev­eral ter­ror at­tacks tar­get­ing both civil­ians and se­cu­rity forces over the past years.

From time to time, Ira­nian forces bust ter­ror­ist ringlets in the prov­ince, foil­ing their planned at­tacks and con­fis­cat­ing weapons and am­mu­ni­tion in the course of such se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions.

IRNA

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