Bomb kills dozens near mosque in southeast Iran
15 Dec 2010
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people at a Shiite mourning ceremony, Iranian media reported.
The attack took place outside the Imam Hussein Mosque in the port city of Chahbahar, near the border with Pakistan, the official IRNA news agency said, quoting lawmaker Mohammad Yaghoub Jedgal.
The attack targeted a group of worshippers at a mourning ceremony a day before Ashoura, which commemorates the seventh century death of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam’s most beloved saints.
The area of Iran is home to an armed Sunni militant group, Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, which has waged sporadic attacks to fight alleged discrimination against the area’s Sunni minority in overwhelmingly Shiite Iran.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the use of multiple suicide attackers to target Shiite worshippers is a tactic the group has employed in the past. One of the attackers detonated a bomb outside the mosque and the other struck from inside a crowd of worshippers, state TV reported.
Mahmoud Mozaffar, a senior Iranian Red Crescent Society official, put the number of dead at 15 and said more than 50 people were injured, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. Mozaffar was also quoted as saying that the Red Crescent had been put on alert over the past few days because of anonymous threats.
In July, two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a mosque in the same province, Sistan-Baluchestan, killing at least 28 people. Jundallah said that attack was revenge for the execution of its leader, Abdulmalik Rigi, in June. That strike in the provincial capital, Zahedan, also targeted Shiite worshippers during a holiday, the birthday of Hussein, the prophet’s grandson.
Iranian officials claim Jundallah, which has operated from bases in Pakistan, receives support from Western powers, including the United States. Washington denies any links to the group, and in November the State Department added Jundallah to a U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations. The group has also targeted members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, the country’s most powerful military force.
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