- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A string of acid attacks on women by a motorcycle gang in Iran sparked protests at government buildings in the city of Isfahan on Wednesday. Thousands were in attendance.

Over 10 women have been targeted by a gang wielding sulfuric acid in the past two weeks. The attacks target women who the gang’s members believe aren’t dressing in accordance to Islamic law, the International Business Times reported Thursday.

“The acid attacks are not a chain crime. There should be no worries about acid attacks across the province of Isfahan,” Iran’s Deputy Interior Minister Morteza Mir-Bagheri said Monday, IBT reported.

The paper reported that a group called Ansar e-Hezbollah, which means “Supporters of the Party of God,” is believed to be behind the attacks.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, said “The international community’s silence in the face of these brutalities under whatever pretext is tantamount to encouraging the mullahs’ regime and leaving the path open for it to continue these atrocities in Iran,” the National Council of Resistance in Iran reported Thursday. The group, which was founded in 1981, aims to establish a secular democratic republic in Iran.

The Iranian justice department said members of the gang should be considered terrorists, IBT reported. The government also confirmed that no arrests have been made at this time.

• Douglas Ernst can be reached at dernst@washingtontimes.com.

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