Iran says it has arrested the head of a United States-based “terrorist group” accused of bombing a mosque in 2008 that killed 14 folks and wounded greater than 200 others within the southern metropolis of Shiraz.
The group’s “Jamshid Sharmahd, who was leading armed and sabotage operations inside Iran, is now in the powerful hands” of Iran’s safety forces, state tv stated in a report on Saturday, citing an announcement from the intelligence ministry.
The assertion didn’t elaborate on the place or when the chief of the opposition royalist group generally known as the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, recognized in Farsi as Anjoman-e Padeshahi-e Iran, or Tondar (Farsi for thunder), was arrested.
The group seeks to revive Iran’s monarchy, which ended when the fatally unwell Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi fled the nation in 1979 simply earlier than its Islamic Revolution. The group’s founder disappeared within the mid-2000s.
It stays unclear how the US-based accused was arrested.
Tonder ‘deliberate huge operations’
Iranian state tv broadcast a report on Sharmahd’s arrest, linking him to the April 12, 2008 bombing of the Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada Mosque in Shiraz.
Iran hanged three males convicted of the bombing in 2009, saying that they had ties to the monarchist group.
Iran hanged two different convicted members of the group in 2010, who had “confessed to obtaining explosives and planning to assassinate officials”.
The assertion issued on Saturday stated Tondar had plotted a number of different “big operations” which failed.
It stated Tondar had deliberate to explode a dam in Shiraz, use “cyanide bombs” at a Tehran guide truthful, and plant an explosive gadget on the mausoleum of Iran’s founder, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 2010.
While overshadowed by different exiled opposition teams, Iran reportedly introduced up the Kingdom Assembly of Iran a number of instances whereas negotiating the phrases of the 2015 nuclear deal, which noticed Tehran restrict its enrichment of uranium in alternate for the lifting of financial sanctions.
A press release attributed to Tondar claimed the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010 by a remote-control bomb, although it later stated it was not accountable.
Suspicion lengthy has fallen on Israel for a string of assassinations concentrating on scientists amid issues about Iran’s nuclear programme, which the West fears could possibly be used to develop a nuclear bomb. Iran lengthy has maintained its programme is for peaceable functions.
Sharmahd’s arrest got here amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington over the collapsing 2015 nuclear take care of world powers, which US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from in 2018.
In January, a US drone assault killed a high Iranian normal in Baghdad. Iran responded by launching a ballistic missile assault on US troopers in Iraq that injured dozens.