August 12, 2020

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Iran Arrests Leader of ‘US-Based Terrorist Group’

Iran has arrested Jamshid Sharmahd, alleged ringleader of the Tondar (‘Thunder’) terrorist group, the Ministry of Intelligence announced on Saturday.

Iranian media says Tondar’s chief was “captured by Iranian forces during a complicated intelligence operation.”

It was not clarified how or where the arrest took place. The Ministry of Intelligence has promised to provide further information at a later time.

Tondar, aka the Soldiers of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, aka the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, is a royalist group seeking to enact regime change in Iran and restore the monarch that ruled the country prior to the Revolution of 1979. The group claimed responsibility for the bombing of the Seyed al-Shohada Mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz in 2008, with 14 people killed and 202 others injured in that incident. Two people believed to be associated with the group were arrested and executed in 2010. The group is also believed to be responsible for the 2010 bombing assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Masoud Alimohammadi.

Iran has accused Tondar of planning further terror attacks, and has urged the US to extradite individuals believed to be associated with the group. The US does not list the group as a terrorist attack, and it is reportedly allowed to freely operate from its home base in Los Angeles, California, where it runs radio and television stations calling for the overthrow of the Iranian government.


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