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Interior Minister: Lack of information cause of unrest in western country

Tehran, Aug 7, IRNA-Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari on Sunday blamed lack of correct information as cause of recent unrest in western parts of the country.

Talking to reporters at the sidelines of a gathering of commanders of Islamic Republic of Iran Police (IRIP), he said majority of people had no information about the true identity of the culprit who was killed by IRIP in a western city.

Stressing that opposition groups took advantage of people's lack of information, he explained that the killed person was not a political activist but a culprit who was accused of several cases of moral and financial offenses.

Noting that there were currently no security problem in the cities of Sanandaj and Mahabad in western country, the minister said that a delegation has been assigned to probe into the case and report the results of their investigations to people.

Asked about the assassination of Judge Masoud Moqaddas, he said he had no detailed information on the case but quoted the Information Ministry as having already announced that some clues have been found.

On the several cases of bomb explosions in the country which took place in June ahead of presidential elections in the country, the minister said certain elements tried to make the country seem unsafe prior to elections.

He further said he believed the explosions were not planned by counter-revolutionary groups.

Turning to the fate of a report recently compiled by his ministry on the cases of violations during the 9th presidential elections, he said the report has been handed over to the judiciary with a demand for urgent follow-up.

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