December 31, 2005
Rebel group captures 9 Iranian soldiers: Arabiya TV
DUBAI (Reuters) - A little-known Sunni rebel organization
says it has abducted nine Iranian soldiers to pressure Tehran
to free imprisoned members of the group, Al Arabiya television
said on Sunday.
A caller speaking for the Jundollah (God's Soldiers) said
the soldiers were seized near Iran's border with Pakistan, and
demanded the release of 16 group members, the satellite
television channel said.
In July, the group said it beheaded an Iranian security
agent it had abducted the previous month.
Iran's remote southeastern areas on the border with
Pakistan have seen sporadic unrest involving the Baluchi
minority, and are a major drug trafficking route used by armed
Some 90 percent of Iran's nearly 70 million people are
Shi'ite Muslims. Sunnis among the Kurdish, Turkmen and Baluchi
ethnic minorities have often complained of discrimination.