Iran arrests eight behind suicide blasts

Jundollah claimed responsibility for the blasts outside a mosque during a Shi'ite religious ceremony.

Iran arrests eight behind suicide blasts

Iran on Thursday arrested eight people who it says were behind two suicide bomb attacks in the country's southeast that killed 35 people, state television quoted an Intelligence Ministry official as saying.

Jundollah claimed responsibility for the blasts outside a mosque on Wednesday during a Shi'ite religious ceremony, saying it was retaliation for the execution of the group's leader in June.

The death toll reported on Wednesday was 39. It was not immediately known why the toll was put at 35 the following day.

"In a special intelligence operation, Intelligence Ministry personnel succeeded in arresting eight other terrorists behind and related to this crime in ... Sistan-Baluchestan province this morning," the Islamic Republic's state television quoted an informed source at the ministry as saying.

The official, who was not named, said such attacks were "guided by the enemies' intelligence services with the aim of creating insecurity and preventing the economic prosperity of the country's southeastern region".

The twin blasts in the town of Chabahar wounded more than 100 people. Iranian media said many of those killed and wounded were women and children.

A judiciary official on Thursday blamed the United States and Britain for the attacks, saying the perpetrators "had direct relations" with the two countries, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.


Reuters

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