2021-April-12 10:20
2020-August-2  13:10

Intelligence Minister: Terrorists Usable for US, Israel till Expiry Date

TEHRAN (FNA)- Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said the US and Israel throw terrorists away as soon as they cease to benefit them, noting that the Interpol has done little to help Iran in arresting terrorists.

Alavi said in a televised speech on Saturday that Washington and Tel Aviv in employ and use terrorists as long as they benefit them, adding that the ringleader of Tondar (Thunder) terrorist grouplet, Jamshid Sharmahd, was arrested by Iran’s intelligence Ministry forces and that the Interpol didn’t provide any help to arrest him in spite of being informed of his crimes in Shiraz and elsewhere.

"Interpol knew that this person was a terrorist, but they did not expose him. Like Mohammad Reza Kolahi-Samadi who lived in the Netherlands for 30 years under a fake name,” the minister stated, adding, he was the perpetrator of the terrorist operation in Iran on June 28, 1981, and lived in the Netherlands with a fake identity and eventually was killed mysteriously.

Despite the fact that the Interpol were in charge of arresting him, they did nothing in this respect, which is a proof of the dishonesty of the West in the fight against terrorism, he said.

Iran announced on Saturday that it has captured the ringleader of a US-based Tondar (Thunder) terrorist group, Jamshid Sharmahd.

Sharmahd, who guided the armed and sabotage acts against Iran from the US, was arrested in complicated operations by the Iranian security forces and is now in the hands of the country’s intelligence ministry, a statement by the ministry said.

Tondar, or the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, also known as Soldiers of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, is an armed terrorist royalist group seeking to overthrow the ruling government and restore the monarchy in Iran.

Tondar claimed responsiblity for the 2008 Shiraz explosion at the Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada in which 14 people, including children, were killed and 215 others were injured.

Mohammad-Reza Ali Zamani and Arash Rahmanipour, accused of being members of the terrorist group, were arrested and tried for the bombing. In January 2010, they were executed for waging war against God and attempting to overthrow the Islamic Republic.

Tondar had also plotted for several other terrorist acts in Iran in recent years, including blowing up Sivand dam in Shiraz, detonating cyanide bombs at Tehran book exhibition and explosion of bombs during general ceremonies at late Imam Khomeini’s shrine. All these terrorist plots were foiled by the Iranian security forces.