This article was last updated on May 19, 2022
While the group was supposedly started by its leader back in 2003, its origins are somewhat murky. Nevertheless, it has been active in Iran in a number of incidents. In 2005, they attacked the motorcade of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to Balochistan province. A bodyguard was killed and others injured. In 2009, 3 spectacular attacks killed nearly 80 people.
Iran’s government has made accusations of U.S. involvement in supporting this group. Apparently Rigi did confess to getting support from the U.S. but the BBC in reporting on this noted that it was not possible to confirm this or say whether or not Rigi said this freely or under duress. Whatever the case, Jundallah named a new leader after the execution of Rigi in June and this attack shows the group is still capable and active and continuing its struggle against the Iranian leadership.
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Jundallah: militant Islamist Sunni organization based in Balochistan that claims to be fighting for the rights of Sunni Muslims in Iran