Intelligence minister: Culprits behind terror act in NW Iran arrested

TEHRAN, Sept. 23 (MNA) - Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said on Thursday that members of a group behind the terrorist attack which killed 12 women in the northwestern city of Mahabad have been arrested.

"The group that carried out this terrorist attack has been arrested," Moslehi said, according to the national TV.

The terrorist attack happened on Wednesday at around 10:20 a.m. local time as women had gathered to watch a military parade commemorating the beginning of Sacred Defense Week in the city in West Azarbaijan Province. The bystanders were 50 meters away from the parade scene.

"The blast targeted unity among Shias and Sunnis" in the northwestern region, Moslehi said.

According to local sources, the bomb was hidden inside a bag placed on the branch of a tree near where some civilians were standing.

Sacred Defense Week is an annual event commemorating the anniversary of the beginning of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. It begins on September 22, which is the day Iraq invaded Iran and began the imposed war on the country in 1980.

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