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Iran Cracks Down On Alleged Separatists

16 Aug 2005 -- Iran announced today that it arrested alleged antigovernment separatists it believes have links to British intelligence services.

A statement issued on state-run television accused them of involvement in violent protests and a recent spate of deadly bombings.

The report did not say how many people had been detained nor reveal their nationalities, but alleged they were arrested in the southwestern Khuzestan Province, which borders British-controlled southern Iraq.

The claimed that the arrested agents have confessed to belonging to separatist opposition groups and having links with foreign -- especially British -- intelligence services.

British Embassy officials in Tehran could not be reached immediately for comment.