January 27, 1990 |
Four men armed with grenades and handguns tried to hijack an Iranian airliner during a domestic flight, but security guards killed them in a midair shoot-out, Iranian news reports said Friday. Tehran Radio, in a dispatch monitored in Nicosia, said the gunmen tried to seize Flight 133 on Thursday night after it took off from the city of Shiraz in southwest Iran en route to the port city of Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz.
October 22, 2009 |
Iranian security forces have arrested suspects in a suicide bombing that killed at least 41 people, including senior Revolutionary Guard commanders, Iran's police chief said. Gen. Ismail Ahmadi Moghaddam said members of the Sunni Muslim rebel group Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, carried out Sunday's deadly bombing and entered Iran from neighboring Pakistan. The group has waged a low-level insurgency in Iran's southeast in recent years, claiming to fight on behalf of the Baluchi ethnic minority, which it says is persecuted by Iran's Shiite Muslim government.
July 7, 2009 |
A day after commanders of the Revolutionary Guard warned there was no middle ground in the dispute over the reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the political party of one of Iran's most powerful clerics Monday defiantly issued a statement dismissing the vote. The statement by the Kargozaran party all but cleared away weeks of ambiguity about the stance of the cleric, Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
May 2, 2011 |
Electronic surveillance of officials at the highest levels of political power lies at the heart of a rift between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a source close to Tehran's conservative leadership told The Times. Intense mistrust of Ahmadinejad's closest aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, put him in the sights of the nation's spy services, the source said, triggering a sequence of events that has humiliated and weakened Ahmadinejad after Khamenei reversed a presidential decision to fire the nation's intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi.
December 2, 2009 |
Iran has released five British nationals who were arrested after allegedly straying into Iranian territorial waters while on their racing yacht last week, state radio said today. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband talked with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki late Tuesday and called for the release of the men, according to media reports. "After getting necessary guarantees, Iran released the five," state radio said, Reuters reported. The men were released after Iranian authorities who interrogated them found their entry into Iranian waters happened by mistake, according to the official IRNA news agency.
July 1, 1987 |
Iranian Revolutionary Guards have smuggled two American hostages from Lebanon to Iran, hiding them in coffins part of the way, a Shia Muslim source said Tuesday. A top aide to President Reagan expressed skepticism about the report, and Iran's foreign minister denied it.
July 16, 2010 |
An Islamic militant group whose leader was recently executed by Iranian authorities claimed responsibility for a pair of late Thursday bomb blasts that killed at least 27 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guard, at a mosque in southeastern Iran. Jundollah, a militant group that draws support from Iran's ethnic Baluch minority, said it dispatched two suicide bombers to the mosque during an evening prayer ceremony in the city of Zahedan in order to kill members of the Revolutionary Guard and avenge the arrest and hanging last month of their leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.
June 20, 2010 |
Iran hanged the leader of an outlawed Islamic militant group Sunday after convicting him on charges of terrorism, murder and collaborating with Western intelligence services, including the CIA, state television reported. Abdol-Majid Rigi, also known as Abdulmalak Rigi, was executed in Tehran's Evin Prison in the presence of the families of the victims of his alleged crimes, state television said. Among other charges, he was found guilty of heresy and corruption on Earth, capital offenses under Iran's Islamic law. State television claimed the rebel leader acknowledged in court that his crimes contravened Islam and humanity and asked his collaborators not to repeat his mistakes.
February 23, 2010 |
Iran's security forces said they captured the head of an ethnic militant group they have fought for years Tuesday morning and claimed he was at an American base in Afghanistan a day before he was caught. Abdulmalak Rigi, the infamous leader of the ethnic Baluch militant group Jundallah, and his second-in-command are in Iranian custody after what the Ministry of Intelligence and Security is touting as a five-month operation. "We had spread a dragnet and we managed to capture him," said Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, according to state radio.