'Pakistan arrests Iranian Jundallah group head'
Abdul Rauf Rigi, the successor of Abdulmalek Rigi, who was the executed ring leader of terrorist group "Jundallah", was arrested by Pakistani army's intelligence agency, IRNA reported, quoting local media sources.
According to the Agency, details of the arrest will be announced later.
Jundallah (Army of God) was created in 2003 and operates primarily in the Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan. The militant group has been found guilty of involvement in various terrorist activities including suicide bombings, ambushes, kidnappings and targeted assassinations. According to Tehran, however, Jundallah has connections with the U.S. and UK intelligence services.
The province of Sistan-Baluchestan Sunni-majority province, forming a with the resident Sunnis being a minority in Shiite Iran.
Abolmalek Rigi, the former leader of the group, was executed by the Iranian
authorities in June 2010.
Terrorist operations outside the Imam Hossein Mosque, located in the southeastern city of Chabahar in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province, killed mourners on the martyrdom anniversary of the third Imam of Shiites on Dec.15. The death toll has reached to 38 with 50 reportedly wounded, while one person died in hospital.
Two suicide bombers detonated a bomb on the night of July 16 in Zahidan in front of the "Jami" mosque, killing 27 and injuring 270, with 11 of them are in critical condition. According to the Dubai-based TV channel Al-Arabiya, "Jundullah" took the responsibility for the attack in response to the execution of their leader Abdolmalek Rigi.
The last major terrorist attack in Iran was an explosion in the south-eastern part of the country in October 2009, which killed nearly 50 people, for which Jundullag had accepted the responsibility.