TEHRAN: An Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday that top Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested while travelling on a flight heading to an Arab country via Pakistan.
“Rigi was arrested in Persian Gulf waters while he was travelling on a plane via Pakistan to an Arab country,” Mohammad Dehghan was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.
“His plane was ordered to land, and then he was arrested after the plane was searched,” the lawmaker said without elaborating.
Earlier, several Iranian media networks reported the arrest of Rigi, the head of the shadowy Jundallah (Soldiers of God) group who was the country's most wanted fugitive.
State-owned Arabic language Al-Alam television reported that Rigi, the alleged mastermind of several deadly bombings and killings, was arrested “inside Iran” on Tuesday in the eastern part of the country.