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Iran Assassination Suspect Killed

June 21, 1999

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) _ Iranian security forces killed one dissident while arresting others in connection with the assassination of a senior general, Iranian television said Monday.

The arrests were made in southern Iran, and one of the suspects was killed in a clash with security forces, the report said. It did not say when the arrests were made or how many people were in custody.

The Iranian television broadcast was reported by the British Broadcasting Corp., which was monitored in Dubai.

Those arrested were suspected of involvement in the April 10 killing of Brig. Gen. Ali Sayyad Shirazi, deputy chief of staff of the armed forces, the report said, quoting Information Minister Ali Yunesi.

Yunesi reportedly described the suspects as ``hypocrites″ _ a common euphemism for the Iraqi-based opposition Mujahedeen Khalq. The group, which is fighting to oust Iran’s clerical government, claimed responsibility for killing Shirazi, a senior army commander during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.

The arrests allowed Iranian authorities to obtain ``very useful information″ on past attacks by the Mujahedeen Khalq and on its future plans, Yunesi was quoted as saying.

The Mujahedeen Khalq has also claimed responsibility for the August 1998 death of Assadollah Lajevardi, a former Iranian chief prosecutor and head of Iran’s Prisons Organization.

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