Suicide bombing in southeastern Iran claims 40 lives

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December 15, 2010 19:08

An Iranian TV grab taken soon after the carnage. Photo - AP/Press TV

Who: Terrorists linked to Jundollah, a Sunni Muslim rebel group in Iran.

What: Two suicide bomb attacks outside a Shia mosque killed 40 people and wounded more than 100 during a Shia religious ceremony. Many of the victims were women and children, who attended the procession to commemorate the death of Prophet Mohammad’s grandson Hussein, state television reported, adding that the death toll was expected to increase. Over 80 people have also been injured in the attack, Press TV reported.

Where: The bombers targeted Shia mourners in front of a mosque in the town of Chabahar, in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Balochistan.

When: According to the state news agency, the explosion occurred at 10:30 local time (0700 GMT) when people were gathering in front of the governor’s office building.

Why: Jundollah (Army of God) said the attack was in retaliation for the execution of its leader Abdolmalek Rigi in June. “This operation was in revenge for the execution of the leader of the movement Abdolmalek Rigi and other martyrs of Jundollah who were savagely hanged by Iran,” the group said in its statement. Iran’s Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar told state television the attackers were trained in neighboring Pakistan and supported by US and the UK. Jundallah claims it is fighting for the rights of the province’s majority Sunni ethnic Baloch community which is facing discrimination from Shia-majority Iran.

How: Seyyed Ali Baateni, the governor of Chabahar, said that there had been two suicide bombers, one of whom was arrested. The other detonated his explosive vest before being arrested. Meanwhile, the state IRINN TV said three suicide attackers were involved in the bombing – one managed to detonate, the second shot and wounded, and the third arrested.

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