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‘Iran more secure than past years’

February 8, 2011
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PressTV, 7 Feb 2011: A senior official in Iran’s Interior Ministry says the Islamic Republic has remained unfazed in the face of enemies’ plots and stands in its best security condition compared to past years.

“Statistics show that Iran is in a good condition both in the areas of social and general security,” Deputy Interior Minister for security affairs, Ali Abdollahi said on Monday.

The Interior Ministry official said comparing the country’s current situation to past years, the security condition of the country has improved. 
Recalling enemies’ efforts to hinder the state’s progress and stability, he cited the eight-year Iran-Iraq imposed war, anti-revolution groups and drug and weapons smuggling into the country among the enemies’ efforts to confront the Islamic Republic.

Commenting on the Iranian and Pakistani interior ministers visits over security and border issues, Abdollahi stressed that Iran is concerned about its security and has asked Pakistan to help restore security to border areas.

“Neighboring countries should know that we are concerned about our security,” he added.

The Interior Ministry official touched upon the remaining members of the Rigi terrorist group and stressed that Iran is determined to destroy the group completely and will pursue such a goal seriously.

“The remaining members of the Rigi group are connected to foreign intelligence services, including the United States,” Abdollahi concluded.

The Rigi terrorist group also known as Jundallah is a Pakistan-based terrorist group, which has carried out numerous bombings, assassination attempts, and terrorist attacks in Iran.

The group’s ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested by Iranian intelligence forces in February 2010 and executed in June over 79 counts of crimes, including armed robbery, bombing operations and armed attacks on police and civilians.

Despite having been effectively disbanded following Rigi’s execution, the group has launched a number of terrorist attacks killing many civilians and officials.

On July 15, two bomb explosions in quick succession took place outside the Grand Mosque of the southeastern city of Zahedan, killing at least 27 people and injuring 100 others.

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