Iran arrests terrorist attack elements
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi
The Iranian intelligence minister says some of the perpetrators of the recent terrorist attacks which killed an Iranian academic and injured another have been arrested.
"The three spy agencies of Mossad, CIA and MI6 played a role in these attacks," Heidar Moslehi said on Thursday.
Unknown terrorists detonated bombs in the vehicles of Dr. Majid Shahriari and Professor Fereydoun Abbasi in separate locations on Monday.
Shahriari was killed immediately, but Abbasi and his wife sustained injuries and were transferred to hospital.
Both men were professors at Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran.
"With the arrest of these people, we have found new clues to arrest other elements," IRIBNews quoted Moslehi as saying.
The Iranian intelligence minister added that the individuals who cooperated with these spy services were part an extensive organization and were planning more attacks but were stopped.
It was clear to us, given the adoption of the UN resolution against Iran and publishing the names of Iranian nuclear scientists, that the global arrogance sought to make mischief, Moslehi said.
Resolution 1747 adopted by the United Nations Security Council in March 2007 against the Islamic Republic cited Abbasi's name as a "nuclear scientist," thus suggesting that perpetrators behind the assassination could be traced through those who included the professor's name in the UN resolution.
Iran has blamed Israel and Western powers for the terrorist attacks, hinting at the possible connection between the recent remarks of the head of the British intelligence agency (MI6) about Iran and the European Parliament's new stance regarding anti-Iran terrorist group.
On October 28, John Sawers accused Iran of pursuing clandestine nuclear activities and said spying is crucial to stop Tehran's nuclear program.
"Stopping nuclear proliferation cannot be addressed purely by conventional diplomacy. We need intelligence-led operations to make it more difficult for countries like Iran to develop nuclear weapons," Sawers said.
Last week, the European Parliament issued a declaration, urging Washington to remove the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
The European Union took the MKO off its blacklist in 2009. The terrorist group has been on the US terror list since 1997.
The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and is responsible for numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.
The organization is also known to have cooperated with Iraq's former dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing the 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.