(Reuters) – Iran stated on Saturday that its intelligence forces have detained a U.S.-based chief of a pro-monarchist group whom it accused of being behind a 2008 bombing that killed 14, and of planning extra assaults.
It was not clear when the reported detention happened or the place.
Iranian state TV cited an intelligence ministry assertion nevertheless it didn’t say how, the place or when the alleged arrest happened, solely that it adopted a “sophisticated operation”.
“Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of the terrorist Tondar (Thunder) group, who directed armed and terrorist acts in Iran from America, was arrested following an advanced operation, and is now in (our brokers’) highly effective fingers,’” the assertion stated.
Tondar didn’t affirm the detention. In response to what it stated had been stories of Sharmahd’s “abduction”, the group stated on its web site it didn’t affirm “tales being instructed by numerous networks”.
Nonetheless it stated in an earlier posting on social media that “Tondar .. will proceed to combat even within the absence of a commander”.
The U.S. State Division didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Based mostly in Los Angeles, the little-known Kingdom Meeting of Iran, or Tondar, says it seeks to revive the Iranian monarchy that was overthrown by the 1979 Islamic revolution. It runs pro-Iranian opposition radio and tv stations overseas.
In response to the group’s web site, Sharmahd is an electronics engineer who was born in March 1955. The web site stated he’s Iranian-German and lived in Germany earlier than transferring to Los Angeles in 2003.
The Iranian ministry assertion stated additional particulars of the arrest could be introduced later. Iranian state media revealed a photograph purportedly of Sharmahd.
The assertion stated Sharmahd deliberate and directed an explosion at a spiritual middle within the southern metropolis of Shiraz in 2008 that killed 14 folks and wounded 215.
It stated Iranian intelligence aborted a number of different plots in newer years, together with blowing up the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founding father of the Islamic Republic. It didn’t say when the alleged plot was aborted.
(Enhancing by Frances Kerry)
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