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More than 1,000 French police raided the offices of an Iranian opposition group in the Paris region on Tuesday
PARIS (AP) : More than 1,000 French police raided the offices of an Iranian opposition group in the Paris region on Tuesday, detaining more than 150 people and seizing $1.3 million in American currency, officials said. The dawn sweep targeted the People's Mujahedeen of Iran, which is the political branch of the Iraq-based Mujahedeen Khalq. In May, the Mujahedeen Khalq began turning in its weapons to U.S. forces in Iraq under a surrender agreement. In May, the Mujahedeen Khalq began turning in its weapons to U.S. forces in Iraq under a surrender agreement. Police used explosives to blast down some doors, according to one police investigator who asked not to be named. Police said that 165 people were detained and 158 held for questioning. They were to be transferred to counterintelligence headquarters in Paris. Police also said they also seized $1.3 million in 100-dollar bills. Large quantities of computer material and ``ultra-sophisticated transmission systems'' were found during the raids, the police investigator said. The sweep was carried out on the orders of anti-terrorism Judge Jean-Louis Bruguiere for ``criminal association aimed at preparing terrorism acts and for financing a terrorist enterprise,'' the Interior Ministry said. This was the first time since the EU declared the People's Mujahedeen a terrorist group that French authorities have moved to detain group members. The sites of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran implanted in the Paris region ``are considered organizational, logistical and operational bases of questionable financing,'' the Interior Ministry statement said. The sweep was concentrated in the Val d'Oise region north of Paris and in the Yvelines region to the west. Police, in particular, were concentrating on installations in Auvers-sur-Oise.

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