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Iran alleges Western involvement in pipeline explosion

The Iranian regime has made a number of arrests in connection with last month's sabotage of a gas pipeline by Ahwazi Arab militants.

Quoting IRNA, Associated Press claims the suspects are being held on charges on planting bombs on behalf of 'foreign intelligence services'. The regime alleges that it had confiscated bombs and other weapons imported from an unnamed 'neighbouring Arab country'. Other official reports claimed that the arms were supplied by one of the Arabian Gulf 'littoral states', suggesting it may seek to blame Saudi Arabia. The number of arrests is unknown.

The pipeline was attacked near Shush (Susa) on 23 October by the Hasanein Brigade of the Brigades of the Martyr Mohiuddin Al Nasser, the military wing of the National Resistance of Ahwaz group. No-one was hurt in the attack.

A communiqué by the group claimed responsibility for previous unpublicised attacks, including a roadside attack on security forces on 15 April and a train transporting oil near Haftapeh station on 16 September, allegedly destroying the train and the railtrack.

The group aligns itself with the Syrian opposition, which has held talks with Ahwazi groups in recent weeks as the Syrian civil war takes on a regional dimension.

The regime has frequently accused foreign agencies of fomenting unrest among Ahwazi Arabs, who have long-standing grievances over poverty, ethnic marginalisation, religious persecution and aggression from security forces. However, no tangible evidence has been presented to support the claims of foreign intrigue.

Video of the pipeline attack

Recent statement by the Mohiuddin Al-Nasser Brigades