Iran announced on Monday that its intelligence forces have disbanded a team of the Jundollah terrorist group in the country's Southeastern Sistan and Balouchestan province. According to a statement issued by the general office of Sistan and Balouchestan's intelligence department, the team was identified after a series of intelligence operations. During the operation, five terrorists were arrested and four explosive belts were discovered by the security forces. The statement added that the team intended to disturb security and stability in the region through a series of terrorist operations to materialize the devilish goals of the arrogant powers, the US and Israel in particular.
In November, Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi Moqaddam announced that Washington and London are trying to revive the Jundollah terrorist group after the group lost most of its power due to the strong measures adopted by the Iranian Police. "These services have spent a great amount of money on Rigi's group as they feel compelled to make efforts to revive and reorganize it," Ahmadi Moqaddam said at the time. "If the terror group still lacks the intended capability, they will engineer another group since they seek to harm our Islamic system and create rifts among Sunni and Shiite followers," he noted. Meantime, the Iranian police chief said that the Iranian security and police forces have inflicted serious harm on the terrorist group and the group has lost many of its members. There are few remaining elements of the group that the United States and British intelligence services are supporting, he noted.
After Iran arrested Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of Jundollah, in late February, the criminal ringleader confessed that he was traveling to Bishkek to meet with a high-ranking US official at a nearby military base to discuss new terrorist attacks on Iranian territory. Rigi was executed in June. The Jundollah group has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks in Iran. The group has carried out mass murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, acts of sabotage and bombings. They have targeted civilians and government officials as well as all ranks of Iran's military. In one of the worst cases, the terrorist group killed 22 citizens and abducted 7 more in the Tasouki region on a road linking the southeastern city of Zahedan to another provincial town.
In 2007, Jundollah kidnapped 30 people in the Sistan and Balouchestan province and took them to the neighboring Pakistan. Jundollah claimed responsibility the same year for an attack on an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) bus in which 11 IRGC personnel were killed. In another crime in October, the Pakistan-based terrorist Jundollah group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Sistan and Balouchestan province which killed 42 people among them a group of senior military commanders, including Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Nourali Shoushtari.