Iran urges Pakistan to hand over Jundollah leader

Interior Minister Najjar arrived in neighbouring Pakistan on Friday for talks on efforts to combat the group after the Sunday attack in Iran.

Iran urges Pakistan to hand over Jundollah leader

Iran urged Pakistan on Friday to hand over the leader of the Jundollah group after a suicide bombing which killed 42 people, state television quoted a senior official as saying.

Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar arrived in neighbouring Pakistan on Friday for talks on efforts to combat the group after the Sunday attack in Iran.

"We have documents that show (Abdolmalik) Rigi travels readily to Pakistan ... we are here to ask Pakistan to hand over Rigi to Iran," Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar told state television in Pakistan.

Jundollah, or "Soldiers of God", claimed responsibility for the attack on Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province. It killed 15 Guards, including six senior commanders, and 27 others.

Iran claims Jundollah has bases in Pakistan.

"It (sheltering Rigi) is not in the interest of the two countries' good neighbourly relations," Najjar said.

Iran accuses the United States and Britain of backing Jundollah and has suggested it has links with Pakistani intelligence. Washington, London and Islamabad have all denied involvement.

Iranian state television said on Tuesday three people had been detained in connection with the bombing, but gave no details.


Reuters
Last Mod: 23 Ekim 2009, 15:47
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