Member of Iranian Armed Opposition Claimed Held at Border

Published May 12th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

A member of Iran's armed exiled opposition, the People's Mujahedeen, and two Iraqi bandits were arrested overnight Wednesday on the border with Iraq, Iran News Agency (IRNA) said Thursday. 

The agency added that they had just crossed into Iranian territory when they were captured in the southwestern province of Khuzestan. 

The Iranian armed forces issued a statement, quoted by IRNA, saying the border guards had also seized weapons, including mortar shells, rifles and pistols, along with cyanide tablets, detailed maps, geographical coordinate identifiers, forged identification and assignment documents, and other ammunition as well as a substantial amount of cash.  

In a statement faxed Thursday to AFP in Nicosia, Mujahedeen, however, described the report as "completely false and a blatant lie, 

"No Mujahedeen member has been arrested," the statement said.  

The Baghdad-based Mujahadeen have been blamed for numerous attacks in Iran. 

In the latest incident on May 1 they claimed responsibility for a mortar attack in Tehran, which they said hit the command headquarters of the state security forces, added AFP - (Agencies) 

 

 

 

 

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