Iran says it has detained US-based opposition leader over 2008 bomb attack – Middle East Monitor

Iran said on Saturday that its intelligence forces have detained a US-based leader of a pro-monarchist group whom it accused of being behind a 2008 bombing that killed 14, and of planning more attacks, reported Reuters.

It was not clear when the reported detention took place or where.

Iranian state TV cited an intelligence ministry statement but it did not say how, where or when the alleged arrest took place, only that it followed a “complicated operation”.

“Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of the terrorist Tondar (Thunder) group, who directed armed and terrorist acts in Iran from America, was arrested following a complicated operation, and is now in (our agents’) powerful hands,’” the statement said.

Tondar did not confirm the detention. In reaction to what it said were reports of Sharmahd’s “abduction”, the group said on its website it did not confirm “stories being told by various networks”.

However it said in an earlier posting on social media that:

Tondar .. will continue to fight even in the absence of a commander.

The US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Based in Los Angeles, the little-known Kingdom Assembly of Iran, or Tondar, says it seeks to restore the Iranian monarchy that was overthrown by the 1979 Islamic revolution. It runs…

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