Yesterday’s suicide attack in Sistan-Baluchestan with so far 42 casualties has been conducted most probably by Abdul Malek Rigi’s Jundullah, or Soldiers of Allah, a Sunni terrorist organization related to Al Qaeda which had been founded in 2003 and which is operating in Iran’s southeastern province. Rigi himself is supposed to be located in Pakistan, and Iran has accused, in the meantime, Pakistan of indirectly support him and Jundullah. Rigi has given, on April 2, 2007, a telephone interview to Voice of America (VOA), which has subsequently heavily been criticized by Tehran for giving terrorists a voice. Another interview of Rigi was aired by Al Arabiya TV on October 17, 2008.
Besides giving interviews to western or western-related broadcasting services, Rigi is also shown in a graphic video beheading a person, which has been aired by Iranian presstv last summer. Juan Cole has posted it today on his blog.
It should not be forgotten that former U.S. president G. W. Bush, even during last year’s election campaign, has managed to get 400 million dollars granted by Congress for regime change in Iran. Seymour Hersh, in an article in The New Yorker on July 7, 2008, had listed the possible beneficiaries: the Kurdish separatist party PJAK; Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), until recently considered even in the U.S. a terrorist organization; and Jundullah.
That Iran wants to blame today also U.S (and U.K.) intelligence services for the blast which caused the death of six high-ranked pasdaran officers, may thus have a reason.