Iran mentioned Saturday it has arrested the top of a US-based “terrorist group” accused of being behind a lethal 2008 bombing within the southern metropolis of Shiraz and of different, abortive assaults.
The group’s “Jamshid Sharmahd, who was main armed and sabotage operations inside Iran, is now within the highly effective arms” of Iran’s safety forces, state tv mentioned in a report citing a press release from the intelligence ministry.
The assertion didn’t elaborate on the place or when the chief of the opposition royalist group often known as the Kingdom Meeting of Iran, or Tondar (Farsi for Thunder), was arrested.
In accordance with the assertion, he had orchestrated the April 12, 2008 bombing in a packed mosque in Shiraz that killed 14 individuals and wounded 215.
Iran hanged three males convicted of the bombing in 2009, saying they’d ties to the monarchist group.
It mentioned they’d been taking orders from an Iranian US-backed “CIA agent” to attempt to assassinate a high-ranking official in Iran.
They had been 21-year outdated Mohsen Eslamian and Ali Asghar Pashtar, 20 — each college college students — in addition to Rouzbeh Yahyazadeh, 32.
The three had been discovered responsible of being “mohareb” (enemies of God) and “corruption on the earth” by a revolutionary court docket in Tehran.
Iran hanged two different convicted members of the group in 2010, who had “confessed to acquiring explosives and planning to assassinate officers”.
The assertion issued on Saturday mentioned that Tondar had plotted a number of different “large operations” which failed.
It mentioned that Tondar had deliberate to explode a dam in Shiraz, use “cyanide bombs” at a Tehran guide truthful, and plant an explosive system on the mausoleum of the Islamic republic’s founder, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
It was not clear how Iran arrested the US-based Sharmahd.
Iran’s intelligence ministry introduced the arrest of a former opposition determine in equally mysterious circumstances in October final 12 months.
Ruhollah Zam, described as a “counter-revolutionary” by Iranian authorities, was sentenced to demise final month over “corruption on earth”.
Zam, who reportedly lived in exile in Paris, ran a channel on the Telegram messaging utility referred to as Amadnews and was accused of sparking unrest throughout anti-government protests final 12 months.