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The Sunni militant group, Jundallah, has claimed, on Monday 12/29/2008, responsibility for a suicide attack that targeted the elite Revolutionary Guards in Iran a day earlier, which killed 4 soldiers of the Guard.In a message released on the Arab satellite network al-Arabiya, Jundallah said a suicide bomber from the group had struck an office of the Revolutionary Guards in the southeastern province of Sistan, South East Iran in the region of Baluchistan on the border with Afghanistan.

The suicide bomber, Abdel Gharuf al Raidi, reportedly blew himself up during a meeting of senior leaders in the area of Sirwan, the Iranian side of Kurdistan.

Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, is also known as the Iranian People’s Resistance Movement. It is an insurgent Sunni Islamic organization based in Baluchistan fighting for what it claims are the rights of Sunni Muslims in Iran.

The group has been blamed for various offences and kidnappings in southeastern Iran on the border of Pakistan.

Last week, The Tehran Times newspaper cited the city’s deputy police chief Ahmad Reza Radan who claimed police had delivered a “deadly blow” against the militant group led by Abdolmalek Rigi (see – Baluchistan-Rigi).

He said during three operations police had killed Abdulmalek’s brother and his deputy as well as 19 others.

Jundallah is reported to have killed 16 police officers they kidnapped in Iran in 06/2008.

 

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