Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Suicide bombing at Iran mosque killed 30

A bomb at a Shia mosque in south-east Iran killed 30 people and Injured 60, the ILNA news agency reported.

The suspected suicide bomb exploded at the Ali Ebne-Abitaleb mosque as people gathered for evening prayers in the predominantly Sunni city of Zahedan. No person or group has claimed responsibility.

Zahedan is the capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province, which shares a border with Pakistan. The province faces serious security problems and there are frequent clashes between police and drug dealers and bandits.

Shortly after the explosion, security forces discovered and defused a 2nd bomb near the mosque, the semi-official FARS news agency reported.

The attack was carried out on a public holiday for Shia Muslims.

Iran is preparing for a presidential election on June 12, in which President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seeking a 2nd term and faces three challengers.

A bomb attack in Zahedan in February 2007 which killed 18 people Revolutionary Guards was claimed by Jundallah, an insurgent group that says it is fighting for the rights of Iran's Sunni Muslim minority.

The presidents of Iran, Pakistan & Afghanistan met in the capital Tehran for their 1st summit on Sunday, in an effort to improve cooperation in fighting terrorism and drug trafficking and tackling other regional security problems.

Pakistan & Afghanistan are battling to stem the spread of Taliban insurgencies in their countries, and Iran & Pakistan want a stable Afghanistan because the drugs trade has had a dire effect on Iran and past Afghan violence sent millions of refugees across the border.

source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/5403362/Suicide-bombing-at-Iran-mosque-leaves-30-dead.html

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