Iran has nabbed the alleged ringleader of a gaggle of Iranian exiles in California accused of finishing up terrorist assaults in opposition to the Islamic Republic, the nation’s ministry of intelligence introduced.
The chief of Tondar (Persian for ‘thunder’), recognized as Jamshid Sharmahd, was captured in an intelligence operation, state media reported on Saturday. The US-based group seeks the overthrow of the Iranian authorities and the return of the nation’s monarchy that dominated the nation previous to the Revolution and the autumn of the Shah in 1979.
Sarmahd was apprehended whereas “main armed and sabotage operations inside Iran,” AFP reported, citing a authorities assertion. It’s not clear underneath what circumstances he was arrested. His biography on Tondar’s web site claims he emigrated to Los Angeles in 2003.
In an announcement, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry stated it had dealt a “heavy and severe blow” to the group. The ministry stated it will launch extra particulars in regards to the operation at a later time.
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Tehran has accused Tondar of being behind plenty of terrorist assaults, together with a 2008 bombing of a mosque within the southern metropolis of Shiraz, which killed 14 folks and injured 202. The group reportedly took accountability for the assault.
Regardless of its connections to violent acts carried out on Iranian soil, Tondar isn’t presently listed as a terrorist group by the US State Division. Tehran claims that Tondar has been in a position to increase funds and set up assaults from its Los Angeles headquarters with out interference from Washington. The group operates radio and tv stations through which they name for the violent overthrow of the Iranian authorities. The US has refused requests by Tehran to close down Tondar’s operations.
The arrest comes amid rising tensions between Washington and Tehran. The Trump administration has brazenly supported protests and different anti-government actions in Iran. Final month, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani attended the Free Iran World Summit, hosted by the Nationwide Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which has known as for the overthrow of the Iranian authorities.
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