Thursday, March 09, 2006

50 Arrested in Connection With Iran Bombings

Radio Free Europe:
Iran says more than 50 people involved in recent bombings in the Southwestern province of Khuzestan have been identified and arrested. Minister of Intelligence and Security Hojatoleslam Gholam-Hussein Mohseni-Ejei is quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying that those arrested will soon be handed over to judiciary officials.

He added that the detained persons were in contact with the "enemies" of the Islamic republic outside the country. READ MORE

Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan Province, where the majority of Iran's ethnic-Arab population lives, has been hit by a string of bomb attacks in recent months.

On February 27 two small bombs exploded in the cities of Dezful and Abadan, wounding four people.

Iranian officials have accused British forces in neighboring Iraq of being behind the unrest. Britain denies the charges.