Abdel Raouf Rigi, a spokesman for the Jundallah rebel organization, told Asharq-al-Awsat members of his group had kidnapped an Iranian nuclear official in the city of Isfahan who had revealed Iran's efforts to obtain a nuclear bomb.
He said that the kidnapped man was a senior official in the Iranian nuclear program, named Amir Hussein Sherani bin Mohammad Sherani, born in 1971 and carrying identity card No. 2428.
In the telephone interview with the newspaper, Rigi said Sherani was being held under heavy guard in the mountains. Rigi said his organization would publish the details if the Iranian government fails to release 200 members of his group who were detained by Iranian security forces.
Ali Abd al-Alahi, an aide to the Iran's minister of Internal Security Affairs, downplayed the significance of the kidnapping, the newspaper said, saying Sherani is merely a "construction welder" at the Isfahan uranium enrichment facility.
Jundallah literally means Soldiers of Allah and is also known as the People's Resistance Movement of Iran, which says it is fighting for the rights of the Sunni Muslims in Iran.