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Iran arrests three for 'Satan worship': Report

Iran has arrested three people, including a Jewish woman, in the northwestern province of Ardabil for promoting "Satan worship", the Fars news agency reported.

world Updated: Jul 29, 2009 16:22 IST

Iran has arrested three people, including a Jewish woman, in the northwestern province of Ardabil for promoting "Satan worship", the Fars news agency reported on Wednesday.

"Two men and a Jewish woman, who were promoting the cult of Satan worship among the youth of Parsabad town, have been arrested," the news agency quoted the judiciary provincial office as saying.

More than 100 items, including goats' heads and jewellery in the form of human skulls, have been seized from the trio, the report.

In May, Iran arrested 104 "Satan-worshippers" in a raid on a concert in the southern city of Shiraz where people were drinking alcohol and "sucking blood", the Jam-e Jam newspaper reported.

Over the past two years, police and security officials have warned against the emergence of "Satanist" cults accused of corrupting the young, amid a tough crackdown on "un-Islamic" attire and behaviour.

In September 2008, a senior police chief said cult members would wear "necklaces and rings with broken-cross or skeleton motifs, drink alcohol and dance in their ceremonies."

In 2007, police arrested 230 people in a raid on an illegal rock concert in a garden near Tehran. Several reports branded the party-goers as Satan-worshippers.