Pakistan vows to wipe out Jundullah terror group

June 1, 2009 - 0:0

TEHRAN (FNA) - Pakistani interior ministry aims to wipe out Jundullah terrorist group after the terror cell claimed responsibility for a recent terrorist attack that killed at least 25 people in a mosque in southeastern Iran, informed sources said on Sunday.

The interior ministry of Pakistan has presented all its information about Jundullah to the country’s intelligence services, including ISI and MI and FIA, and urged for the rapid identification of the group members and the immediate arrest of its notorious ringleader Abdulmalek Rigi, an informed source told FNA on Sunday, reiterating that Islamabad has ordered that the group be disbanded and wiped out.
The group’s spokesman Abdolrauf Rigi contacted the Pakistan-based office of the al-Arabiya television network to report a bombing in a mosque in the Sistan-Balouchestan province last Thursday. The group reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.
The bomb blast rocked a mosque in the city of Zahedan as mourners participated in a ceremony marking the death of the daughter of the prophet of Islam, Hazrat Zahra (PBUH).
Following the incident, Iran summoned Pakistan’s Ambassador Mohammad Bakhsh Abbasi over the deadly bombing after the rebels reportedly claimed responsibility.
According to media reports, the chief of the Iranian armed forces, General Hassan Firouzabadi, said on Saturday that Iran “has located the base of the group’s head and informed Pakistan’s government of his arrest”.
The Iranian authorities said they immediately arrested three men involved in the bombing. The trio were executed on Saturday morning near the mosque in Zahedan city, the capital of Sistan-Balouchestan province.
Jundullah has claimed responsibility for a dozen terrorist operations inside Iran. So far the gang leader has escaped punishment as the group crosses the border and runs away into Pakistan after staging terrorist attacks inside Iran.
Tehran has repeatedly warned Islamabad that if it cannot handle the situation at and inside its shared borders with the Islamic Republic, Iran has the required power and military capabilities to trace and haunt down such terrorist groups inside Pakistan in a bid to put an end to serial terror attacks on its nationals.