Iran uncovers Israel-linked ´major terrorist group´ (BBC) British Broadcasting Company) 10 April 2012 Last updated at 18:02 GMT)
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The Iranian intelligence ministry has identified a "major terrorist
group" linked to Israel and arrested some of its members, state media
Bombs, machine-guns and military communications equipment were
reportedly seized in operations in Iran´s "border and central
The arrests came after months of complex operations, the ministry
In January, Iran accused Israel and the US of the drive-by bombing
that killed a nuclear scientist in Tehran.
Israel has not denied any role in the killing of Mostafa Ahmadi-
Roshan, the deputy director of the Natanz uranium enrichment plant.
The assassination of the fifth Iranian scientist since 2007 came
against a backdrop of growing pressure on Iran over its nuclear
On Tuesday, the intelligence ministry announced it had uncovered "one
of large terrorist and subversive networks of the Zionist regime".
"A number of their operatives have been identified in the country and
a number of terrorists consisting of criminals and mercenaries
collaborating with them have been arrested," said a statement quoted
by the official Irna news agency.
"A number of their operatives were arrested while they were getting
ready for terrorist operations."
A lengthy intelligence operation had identified "the Zionists´
regional headquarters in one of the regional countries and active
agents of the headquarters", the statement added.
For security reasons and because of "possible attempts by the Zionist
regime to carry out harassing operations", further details about the
arrests would not be announced until later, the ministry said.
In March, NBC News quoted two senior US officials as confirming that
the assassinations of Iranian scientists had been carried out by
members of a dissident group, People´s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI) or
Mojahedin-e Khalq, who were financed and trained by Israel´s secret
The officials denied any US involvement in the activities of the
PMOI, but a former senior US intelligence official told the New
Yorker last week that the operations had benefited from US
The New Yorker also quoted a retired general as saying the US Joint
Special Operations Command had trained PMOI members at the Department
of Energy´s Nevada National Security Site in "commo [communications],
crypto [cryptography], small-unit tactics and weaponry".
The PMOI, which is designated a terrorist group in the US, has said
the allegations that it is working with Mossad are "absolutely
false". (© BBC MMXII 04/10/12)
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