Tehran, Feb 28, IRNA-Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said here on Monday night that the people who plotted Monday bomb blasts in Dezful and Abadan (in Iran's southwest Khuzestan province) were remainders of saboteurs that conducted such explosions in the past.
Pour-Mohammadi made the comment in response to media reporters before departing for Qatar where he is scheduled to participate at a conference titled "Reconstruction of Afghan Police Administration".
He added, "The explosives used on Monday in those two cities were all sound bombs according to the evaluation of the intelligence bodies, and they have fortunately led to no casualties."
On results of investigations about the roots of the past bomb blasts in Khuzestan, Pour-Mohammadi said, "The networks behind those blasts have been identified and most of their active agents have already been arrested." He also informed of identifying and detaining red-handed the members of another group that had recently intended to detonate a much stronger bomb in the province.
Stressing that the directors of the arrested groups involved in the bomb blasts were outside Iran, the Interior Minister said, "The Intelligence Ministry has found clear clues indicating the fact." Pour-Mohammadi added, "The Intelligence Ministry has reported the exact cases of foreign governments' interference in recent blasts and sabotage to the Foreign Ministry and the latter would pursue the matter through diplomatic channels."
Touching on the conference on reconstruction of Afghanistan, he said, "In order to reconstruct the Afghan Police Administration our Afghan brethren are in need of expert manpower, training, advanced equipment, border guard posts, and other required facilities." The Interior Minister said that a similar conference was held in Qatar last year, reiterating, "Qatar is in charge of sponsoring such annual conferences on Afghanistan and Germany is responsible for seeing into proper implementation of the decisions adopted there." He added, "Afghanistan's neighbors, including Iran, that has long and porous borders with that country, and is under the influence of the security in Afghanistan, all participate at the conference, and have active participation in reconstruction of the Afghan Police Force."
The Interior Minister added, "Iran has so far constructed eight boarder posts and delivered them to the Afghan Government, while we have seventeen more such posts, too, under construction now that would be completed in near future and delivered to them."
He said, "In addition to that, Iran has already had dynamic cooperation in training Afghan police forces and in construction of border roads to boost border security."
On training Afghan police forces in Iran he said, "There have been some proposal schemes in that respect, while some other proposals have been based on training those forces in camps within Afghanistan."
Pour-Mohammadi added, "Keeping in mind the cultural proximity between the two nations the training of those forces would be easier for Iranian experts, than for instructors of any other nationality, and there have also been some joint proposals for pursuing the project."
He said, "If the responsibility of this project would be given to us, the Islamic Republic of Iran would shoulder it quite perfectly." On return of the remainder of Afghan refugees to their country the Interior Minister said, "So far 1.4 highly motivated have been repatriated, but due to the lack of security and low health standards there, the repatriation trend has slowed down in recent months." He added, "Some of those Afghans that had repatriated, too seem to have returned to Iran taking advantage of the two countries' porous borders, so that the total number of Afghan refugees in Iran seems to have remained relatively fixed compared to the past few years." On possibility of sabotage in crash of the Islamic Republic Guard Corps (IRGC) Falcon plane carrying high ranking IRGC commanders and the C130 plane carrying news media reporters, Pour-Mohammadi said, "Based on my estimations the possibility of sabotage in both those fatal crashes in quite high, but this is my personal evaluation, and at the end we would yield to the experts' conclusion on those cases."
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