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Iran announces steps to curb Iraq-based Mujahadeen
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posted February 13, 2001 09:42
TEHRAN, Feb 12 (AFP) - Intelligence Minister Ali Yunessi said Monday the clerical regime was taking steps to reduce to a minimum operations by the armed opposition People's Mujahadeen, the state news agency IRNA reported. "Thanks to these measures we have succeeded in foiling 70 percent of the
activities of the hypocrites," Yunessi told a conference on security and national unity in Tehran, using the usual term for the Iraqi based MKO employed by Iranian officials.
"With the measures and plans that have been decided, the acts of the hypocrites will be reduced to a minimum," he said.
The Iraq-based Mujahadeen have stepped up their operations in recent months in various parts of Iran, including Tehran.
posted February 13, 2001 09:44
Explosions heard in Iranian capital
TEHRAN, Feb 12 (Reuters) - Two explosions were heard in northern Tehran on Monday, near a number of military and security bases, Iran's student news agency ISNA reported.
It said the blasts had occurred around midday north of Vanak square, a crowded commercial district. ISNA gave no more details and there was no immediate official reaction.
Reporters, who had no access to the military installations, said there was no visible damage in surrounding streets and no apparent increased security after the reported blasts.
Iran on Saturday marked the anniversary of its 1979 Islamic revolution, a day marked by political tension and protests.
A spokesman for the Iraq-based People's Mujahideen, Iran's main armed opposition group, told Reuters in Dubai that its fighters had used bombs and grenades to attack a base of the elite Revolutionary Guards and the national police headquarters in the area.
The spokesman said group members also set fire to parts of a military base west of Tehran on Monday.
"The attacks were carried out in answer to the suppression of recent protests," the spokesman said.
He was referring to anti-government protests on Friday and a demonstration by radical pro-democracy students on Saturday which prompted attacks by Islamic militiamen and police.
Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi told security officials on Monday that his ministry's agents had foiled most of the attacks the group had planned to carry out, Iran's news agency IRNA said. He did not elaborate.
The Mujahideen says it has also carried out a series of bomb attacks in western regions near the border with Iraq in a campaign to overshadow the official revolution celebrations.
All times are PT (US)
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