“The US regime claims it stands by the Iranian people while it has sheltered and, in many ways, supports the known terrorists and those who claimed responsibility for several terrorist operation inside Iran and have blood of defenseless Iranians’ on their hands,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement on Saturday.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry announced on August 1 that it arrested ringleader of a US-based terrorist group known as Tondar (Thunder) which is accused of being behind a deadly 2008 bombing in Shiraz and of other attacks, IRNA reported earlier on Saturday.
Iran has dealt a “heavy and severe blow” to a terrorist group based in the US, the Intelligence Ministry added.
Mousavi hailed efforts of the security forces who arrested the terrorist ringleader, introduced as Jamshid Sharmahd in local media reports, by carrying out complicated operations.
He also strongly criticized the US for sheltering the terrorist group saying, “US regime should be accountable for supporting this terrorist group as well as other grouplets and criminals who, from the US territories, lead sabotage operations or armed and terrorist attacks against the Iranian people shedding blood of the Iranians.”
Tondar claimed responsibility for the 2008 Shiraz explosion at the Hosseynieh Seyyed al-Shohada in which 14 people, including a number of children, were killed and 215 others were injured.
The US-based terrorist group had also plotted for several 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.