Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jundallah Claims Responsibility for Bombing

Jundallah (Soldiers of God), the militant Sunni group operating in Iranian Baluchistan, has taken responsibility for the bombing of a prominent Shia mosque in Zahedan, Baluchistan’s provincial capital, Pan-Arab channel Al Arabiya reported today. The terrorist attack last Thursday killed 25 people and injured more than 50 others.

Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Pakistan ambassador to Tehran over Jundallah’s link to the bombing. The group maintains sanctuary inside Pakistani Baluchistan.

Maj. Gen. Hassan Firozabad, chief of joint staff of Iran’s armed forces, had said on Saturday that Iran has located the group’s headquarters inside Pakistan. Gen. Firouzabadi’s claim has not been verified by independent sources. Iran also summarily executed three people in Zahedan on Saturday, linking them to the bombing.

On Friday, gunmen on motorcycles shot at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's campaign office in Zahedan, injuring three people.

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