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Iran arrests Sunni rebel leader Rigi


The leader of a Sunni Muslim rebel group blamed for a series of deadly attacks on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards has been arrested.

Iranian intelligence officers are said to have detained Abdolmalek Rigi on board a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan.

Rigi’s group, Jundollah, or Soldiers of God, admitted carrying out an attack in October last year in which more than 40 people died, including 15 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

A bomb blast on May 28, 2009 rocked a mosque in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan, which killed 25 people and injured 125 others, less than three weeks before the Iranian 2009 presidential elections

Iran claims the organisation is linked to the Sunni Islamist al Qaeda network and accuses Pakistan, Britain and the United States of backing Jundollah to destabilise the Tehran regime.

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