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Pakistan Helped Iran Nab Jundallah Chief

TEHRAN: Pakistan played a role in helping Iran arrest its most wanted Jundallah chief Abdolmalek Rigi who was seized onboard a flight from Dubai, Islamabad's ambassador to Tehran Mohammad Abbasi said on Wednesday.

"I must tell you that such action cannot be carried out without the cooperation of Pakistan. I am happy that he has been arrested," Abbasi told a media conference at Islamabad's mission in Tehran.

Without elaborating, Abbasi said details of Pakistan's help to Iran in arresting Rigi would be revealed in "two or three days time."

Rigi, the head of shadowy rebel group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), was captured on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday.

An airport official from Bishkek told AFP on condition of anonymity on Tuesday that the passenger plane Rigi was travelling in was forced to land on Iranian territory by two Iranian jet bombers.

Iran's official Press TV, quoting an unidentified source speaking on condition of anonymity, added on its English-language website that Rigi was seized along with one of his deputies.

It said they "were captured after their plane was brought down by security forces in an airport in the Iranian Persian Gulf city of Bandar Abbas."

Declaring Rigi's arrest on Tuesday, Iran's Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi told reporters that the militant had been at a US military base in Afghanistan just 24 hours before he was nabbed.


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