Sunday, October 19, 2008

Clashes with Jundallah Militants

From PressTV:

Four Jundallah militants have been killed in clashes with Iranian forces in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Sistan-Baluchestan police commander, Brigadier General Bahram Norouzi, said Saturday that one of the killed bandits was the right-hand man of Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of the Jundallah (Soldiers of God) terrorist cell.

Sistan-Baluchestan, which lies in southeastern Iran, has witnessed a spate of attacks by the Jundallah militant group in recent years.

Rigi, who has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against high profile Iranian targets, told Al Arabiya news channel on Saturday that Jundallah 'favors a free, democratic government.'

The group had earlier claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of sixteen Iranian police officers on June 12. In late June, the terrorist cell announced it had killed two of the hostages.

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