SHAFAQNA (Shia News Association) — Iran's Intelligence Ministry says all the Israeli-linked elements behind the assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists have been apprehended.
“All the elements involved in the assassinations of the country’s nuclear scientists have been identified and arrested,” Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced in a Thursday statement.
The ministry pointed to the continuation of extensive investigations both domestically and abroad which have led to the identification and arrest of all elements of the terrorist cell.
A number of countries, whose territories and facilities had been misused by the Mossad-backed terrorist teams, have provided the Iranian officials with relevant information, the statement read.
Over the course of the investigations, all other elements behind the assassinations of the Iranian scientists Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, Majid Shahriari and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan as well as Reza Qashqaei (Roshan’s driver) have been apprehended, the statement read.
Some of the perpetrators of the assassination of Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi, the current head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, are among those arrested, the ministry added.
On May 15, Majid Jamali Fashi, who assassinated Dr. Ali-Mohammadi in January 2011, was executed under the Iranian judicial system.
Later in mid-June, the Intelligence Ministry announced the capture of the main elements of the assassination of Shahriari, Roshan and Qashqaei.
Roshan and his driver (Qashqaei) were assassinated in January 2012 after an unknown motorcyclist attached a magnet bomb to their car in Tehran.
On November 29, 2010, Professor Majid Shahriari and Dr. Fereydoun Abbasi were targeted by terrorist attacks; Shahriari was killed immediately and Dr. Abbasi sustained injuries.
According to the Thursday statement, Iran's Intelligence Ministry has detected some of Mossad’s bases within the territories of one of Iran's Western neighbors, which provided training and logistic support to the terrorist networks.
The investigations established that, apart from the assassination of the nuclear scientists, the members of the cells had received instructions from Mossad to carry out a number of terrorist attacks and acts of sabotage in public places inside Iran, the Intelligence Ministry said.
The announcement pointed out that the arrested individuals have also confessed to receiving all-out support from Western intelligence services, particularly the CIA and MI6.
The ministry says it will release more information on the issue in the upcoming days. —www.shafaqna.com/english/