U.S.-backed Jundallah leader tells Press TV U.S. and Israeli agents hired the group to carry out a hitlist.
Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of terrorist group Jundallah, claims U.S. and Israeli agents professed NATO contacts and paid him to assassinate people in Tehran, he told Press TV in an interview.
Before his February arrest in Dubai, he claims to have met with the agents in Casablanca, Morocco who supplied “a list of names, addresses, and photos of people who they had to assassinate in Tehran as well as any other equipment and explosives they may need to carry out their operations” and promised him—what Press TV reports as—“very high sums for the overall project as well as specific amounts for each assassination”.
The separatist group is largely focused on operations in the Sistan-Balochistan province along the southern border tip Iran shares with Pakistan, where the group is based.
“When we looked back at all the things that had happened we felt that two things were unclear. First, if they are from NATO why did they not meet with us in Afghanistan where they have bases and where they can contact us in a much more easy and secure manner,” Mr. Rigi said.
“The second issue was that the first time they informed us that NATO forces wanted to meet with us we thought they were going to speak about eastern parts of Iran, because NATO forces are stationed in Afghanistan,” he added. “But they insisted that we should transfer our operations from the eastern border region to the capital. We thought that this was very strange. When we thought about it we came to the conclusion that they are either Americans acting under NATO cover or Israelis.”
Abdulmalek’s brother, Abdulhamid, “claimed that the man acting as a go-between for Jundullah and the U.S. government is named Amanollah-Khan Rigi” and “the group is backed by the U.S.”—Press TV reported—soon after the group of separatists claimed responsibilty for a suicide bombing that killed dozens of civilians in October.
The claims were recently brushed off by the Obama Administration without acknowledging the notable investigative reports of Seymour Hersh at The New Yorker and Brian Ross at ABC News these claims confirm—that Jundallah has been on the U.S. payroll since at least 2007.
Jundallah “has carried out numerous bombings, assassination attempts, and terrorist attacks in Iran”, today’s Press TV report states.
The group claimed responsibility for an October suicide attack on a gathering of tribal leaders in Sistan-Balochistan that killed dozens. Several commanders of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps were among the casualties.
The U.S. State Department publicly condemned the attack.
The Administration has controversially enhanced a policy of the Bush Administration to utilize unlawful extrajudicial assassinations across the globe—even placing a target on the head of at least one U.S. citizen without even attempting to meet any burden of proof.