Iran demands Pakistan extradite suspected Iranian militant

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Posted: Mar 04, 2015 7:38 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is demanding the extradition of a suspected Iranian militant arrested in Pakistan.

Wednesday's report by the semi-official Fars news agency quotes Gen. Masoud Rezvani as saying that Tehran is asking Islamabad to hand over Abdulsattar Rigi, arrested over the weekend in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.

Rezvani says Iran has handed Interpol the request for Abdulsattar, a cousin of Abdulmalik Rigi.

Abdulmalik was the leader of a Sunni militant group known as Jundullah, or Army of God, which operates in southeastern Iran and has ties to the Baluch ethnic minority in neighboring Pakistan.

Abdulmalik was arrested and executed by Iran in early 2011.

A Pakistani official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the case, confirmed to The Associated Press the recent arrest of a senior Jundullah figure.