Pakistan Arrests Key Member of Anti-Iran Terror Group

Pakistan Arrests Key Member of Anti-Iran Terror Group

Authorities in southwestern Pakistan arrested a key member of an anti-Iranian militant group on Saturday as he was traveling on a bus from the lawless border area, security officials said.
It was not clear whether Pakistan would hand over Salam Rigi, a leader of the so-called Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) terrorist group, to Iran.
Rigi was seized by Pakistani authorities who were tipped off to his movements and intercepted the bus some 50 km from Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan, one security official said on condition of anonymity, Reuters reported.
A second security official confirmed the arrest, saying Rigi offered no resistance. Rigi has been involved in terrorist actions in Iran and Pakistan, as well as sending fighters to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.
He is the cousin of the group's leader Abdolmalek Rigi, who was hanged by Iran in 2010, and had taken over many of his relative's roles.  
Jaish al-Adl operates in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan Province, which borders Pakistan.
The border area has been a hotbed of terrorist activities and is also rife with drug and arms traffickers.    


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