Iran: mosque blast bears ‘US, Israeli thumbprints’
Press TV (Iran)
May 29, 2009
A senior Iranian official says Israel and the US have had a hand in the mosque bombing that shook the southeastern city of Zahedan to its core.
“The bomb tragedy that occurred yesterday in the city of Zahedan is awash with Israeli and US fingerprints,” said Tehran’s Interim Friday Prayers Leader, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami.
“Without a doubt, it was a scheme to drive a wedge between the Shia population and the Sunni minority in Iran,” he added.
Ayatollah Khatami said that the perpetrators of the bomb attack have been identified and will be brought to justice.
At least 25 people were killed and 125 others were injured on Thursday after bombers targeted a religious ceremony in the Shia Amir al-Momenin mosque.
The mosque was partially destroyed by the blast.
Jalal Sayah, deputy provincial governor of the Sistan-Baluchistan province that borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Friday that at least three people have been arrested with regards to the terrorist attacks.
“According to the information obtained they planted the bomb at the behest of the United States and its allies,” Sayah said.
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