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27 killed in twin suicide mosque bombings

The bombers detonate their payloads as worshippers celebrated the birthday of Imam Hussein

27 killed in twin suicide mosque bombings

Iran was yesterday probing twin suicide bombings in a crowded Shiite mosque which killed 27 people in a southeastern province ravaged by a fierce Sunni insurgency despite the hanging of its leader.
Thursday's bombings, which left members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards among the dead and wounded, came less than a month after Sunni militant Abdolmalek Rigi, who led the insurgency in the region against Tehran's rule, was executed.
The bombers detonated their payloads at the Jamia mosque in Zahedan, capital of restive Sistan-Baluchestan province, as worshippers were celebrating the birthday of Imam Hussein, grandson of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.
The attack "has left 27 people martyred and 270 wounded," Health Minister Marziah Vahid Dastjerdi told the Mehr news agency, adding that 11 of the wounded were in critical conditions.
Hossein Ali Shahriari, member of parliament from Zahedan, told ILNA news agency that more than 300 people were wounded in the attack.
Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi said some of the dead and wounded included members of the Guards.
The governor general of Sistan-Baluchestan, Ali Mohammad Azad, said Iran was investigating the attack which reportedly was claimed by Rigi's group, Jundallah (Soldiers of God).
"We are investigating who was behind the attack," Azad said and suggested it could have been a cross-border operation.
"Our foreign enemies are across the borders and want to disrupt the security of our country and the region," he said without elaborating.
Similar attacks in the past in Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, have been claimed by Jundallah and Tehran says the group receives backings from U.S. and British intelligence services.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton when condemning Thursday's bombings said that Jundallah had claimed the assault on the mosque.
"I condemn in the strongest possible terms today's terrorist attacks claimed by Jundallah that targeted Iranians at a mosque in the Sistan-Baluchestan province of Iran," Clinton said in a statement.


Updated : 2021-04-19 12:08 GMT+08:00