Iran hangs two Baluchi fighters after mosque attack: Report

Iran hanged two members of a Baluchi rebel group in Zahedan, where a bombing of a Shi'ite mosque killed 25 people last month, Iranian news agency said.

Iran hangs two Baluchi fighters after mosque attack: Report

Iran hanged two members of a Baluchi rebel group in the southeastern city of Zahedan on Saturday, where a bombing of a Shi'ite mosque killed 25 people last month, an Iranian news agency reported.

The semi-official Fars News Agency said the two dead men were members of Jundollah (God's Soldiers). Iran also says Jundollah is backed by the United States and has linked with al-Qaeda.

Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television reported on May 29 that Jundollah had said it was behind the mosque bombing the previous day in Zahedan, which occurred as Iran was preparing for a June 12 presidential election.

But Saturday's Fars report did not mention the mosque blast, saying the two executed men were members of an armed Baluchi group and accused of waging war against the Islamic Republic.

It named one of them as Abdolhamid Rigi but did not say whether he was related to Jundollah leader Abdolmalek Rigi. Jundollah says it fights for the rights of minority Sunnis in Iran.

Separately on Saturday, Iran's official IRNA news agency said security forces killed four rebels behind an attack on two trucks on a road west of Zahedan last week which killed one person and wounded two others.

Zahedan is the capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province, where most people are minority Sunni Muslims and ethnic Baluchis.

Three people convicted of involvement in the mosque bombing were hanged in public in Zahedan on May 30. A day later, clashes broke out between supporters and opponents of a Sunni cleric in the city and six people died in an arson attack.

Close to Pakistan and Afghanistan, the region has seen frequent clashes between security forces and heavily armed drug smugglers, as well intermittent attacks by Sunni Baluchi rebels.

The United States has rejected accusations by an Iranian official that it was involved in the bombing of the mosque.

Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Haziran 2009, 18:41
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