Intelligence Ministry Confirms Capturing Terrorist Ringleader behind 2018 Attack in Southwestern Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The Iranian intelligence ministry confirmed in a statement on Thursday that Farajollah Chaab, the ringleader of Harakat al-Nidhal al-Arabi (Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz) terrorist group, a Saudi-sponsored outfit that carried out the 2018 deadly terrorist attack in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, has been arrested.
The statement said that the leader of the separatist and terrorist group, which had planned several other large-scale operations in Tehran and Khuzestan in recent years, has been planning a new terrorist operation.
“This terrorist group, which is directly supported by the Saudi intelligence services and the Zionist regime, has been managing terrorist operations in Iran despite the issuance of international arrest orders for the group's leaders,” it added.
“The main perpetrator of the bloody terrorist attack in Ahvaz is now in the hands of the Intelligence Ministry; he also has revealed details of other terrorist and bloody operations of this group," the statement said.
Farajollah Chaab, also known as Habib Osivad is the former leader and the current vice-president of the Al-Ahwaziya terrorist group, which claimed responsibility for the September 2018 terrorist attack on a military parade in Ahvaz, Southwest of Iran, which killed 26 and injured 69 others.
The terrorists attacked the bystanders watching the annual Armed Forces' parades, marking the start of the Sacred Defense Week, commemorating Iranians' sacrifices during the 8 years of the Iraqi imposed war on Iran in 1980s, in disguise of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and Basij (volunteer) forces, killing and wounding several people, including innocent women and children.
None of the officials participating in the military parades in Ahwaz city in Khuzestan province was injured in the attack.
Last February, the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET) and the Netherlands police separately arrested and charged four members of an anti-Iran terrorist group on suspicions of spying for Saudi Arabia and plans to conduct terrorist attack in Iran.
Three members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) or al-Ahwaziyeh terrorist group carried out espionage activities from 2012 to 2018, PET said in a statement on February 3.
It said the three individuals “collected information about individuals in Denmark and abroad and passed on this information to a Saudi intelligence service," among other things.
A pretrial detention hearing is due on February 4.
In August, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry announced it has arrested Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of an anti-Iran terrorist group based in the United States.
Sharmahd directed "armed operations and acts of sabotage" in Iran from the US, according to the Intelligence Ministry.
Following a complicated operation, the ringleader of the group, named Tondar (Thunder), was arrested and he is "now in the powerful hands" of Iranian security forces, it said at the time.
Also, in October 2019, the Intelligence Organization of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corp (IRGC) had managed to arrest Rouhollah Zam, the administrator of counterrevolutionary website Amad News, in a neighboring country.
The meticulous intelligence operation involved outmaneuvering the intelligence services of certain Western countries, especially France, which offered Zam guidance and protection for his operation.
“Intelligence forces had been keeping a watchful eye on Rouhollah Zam’s movements for a long time and he stepped into the intelligence trap set by IRGC some two years ago. Ultimately, we were able to arrest him through cooperation with other intelligence services,” Second Brigadier General Mohammad Tavallaei, a high-ranking IRGC official, said at the time.
In June this year, Iran’s Judiciary sentenced Zam to death after he was convicted of corruption on earth.