1938 Alert. “Iran rounds up 65 over attack on Guardsmen,” from Agence France Presse, with thanks to DFS:
TEHRAN: Iran has arrested scores of people over a deadly bomb attack on a bus carrying Revolutionary Guards, alleging links to US and British intelligence, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Thursday. “Some key members linked with the Jund Allah terrorist group were arrested last night,” said Brigadier General Mohammad Ghafari, a top police official in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. Jund Allah is a shadowy group that claimed responsibly for the Wednesday attack, which killed 11 members of the elite military unit and wounded 31 in the city of Zahedan. Ghafari said that “65 suspects as well as the three responsible for the attack were arrested … One of the main bombers was killed.” He did not specify how many among the suspects were linked to Jund Allah. “A video seized from the rebels confirms their attachment to opposition groups and some countries’ intelligence services such as America and Britain.” He added that police had seized 36 kilograms of TNT, as well as weapons, in a raid on a “house belonging to the key members of Jund Allah.” Iranian officials have repeatedly accused Britain and the United States of supporting ethnic minority rebels operating in sensitive border areas.