0430 GMT January 23, 2019
Ali Movahedirad said the suspects were arrested in various cities in the province following the suicide attack which killed two policemen in the southeastern port city of Chabahar, IRNA reported.
He added, “Investigations will continue into the role of the suspects in the terrorist operations and the identification of the main agents of the incident.”
On Thursday morning, a vehicle laden with explosives went off close to the police headquarters in Chabahar, killing at least two policemen and wounding 42 others.
Iran’s intelligence minister said on Saturday that Israel and the United States as well as some regional states support terrorists to carry out attacks against the Islamic Republic.
“The security services of the region are involved in these acts of terror. Also, by employing their policies and strategies, the Zionist regime and the United States back these terrorist groups,” Mahmoud Alavi said.
“In their perspective, the kind of terrorism that is in line with their purposes is not considered to be a ‘terrorism’ worthy of condemnation,” said the intelligence minister.
Alavi spoke in Tehran on the sidelines of a counterterrorism conference participated by senior parliamentarians from Iran, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey.
On Thursday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif vowed that the Islamic Republic will bring the perpetrators and “their masters” to justice.
Sistan-and-Baluchestan – which borders Pakistan – has suffered several terror attacks targeting both civilians and security forces over the past years.
From time to time, Iranian forces bust terrorist ringlets in the province, foiling their planned attacks and confiscating weapons and ammunition in the course of such security operations.