‘US-Based Terror Group Chief Held'
Mail Today|August 03, 2020
‘US-Based Terror Group Chief Held'
Iran claims to have arrested the head of the group involved in a 2008 bombing of a mosque

Iran said Saturday it had arrested the head of a US-based terrorist group accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing in the southern city of Shiraz and planning other attacks.

Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran, is now in the powerful hands of Iran’s security forces, state television said, citing an intelligence ministry statement.

It did not elaborate on where or when the alleged leader of the opposition royalist group known as the ‘Kingdom Assembly of Iran’, or ‘Tondar’ (Farsi for Thunder), was detained.

Iran slammed its arch enemy the United States for hosting Sharmahd and supporting known terrorists who have claimed responsibility for several terrorist acts inside the country.

“This regime must answer for its support of this terrorist group and other groups and criminals who orchestrate armed, sabotage and terrorist operations against the people of Iran from inside America and spill Iranians' blood,” a foreign ministry statement said.

The intelligence ministry said Sharmahd had orchestrated the April 12, 2008 bombing in a packed mosque in Shiraz that killed 14 people & wounded 215.

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August 03, 2020