Iran blames the US in a deadly mosque bombing
Jalal SayyahThe terrorists, who were equipped by America in one of our neighboring countries, carried out this criminal act in their efforts to create religious conflict and fear and to influence the presidential election.
Iran has accused the US of an involvement in a recent mosque bombing that killed many in the south-eastern volatile region of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
An Iranian official accused the United States on Friday of involvement in a mosque bombing that killed more than 20 people in volatile south-eastern Iran, two weeks before the Islamic Republic's presidential election.
This incident took place on a religious holiday in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim country, killing more than 20 people and wounding more than 80. Also, according to some media and officials, it was suicide bomb attack.
The explosion, which some officials and media suggested was a suicide bombing, took place on a religious holiday in the mainly Shi'ite Muslim country. More than 80 people were wounded.
IRNA, the official news agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran, put the death toll at 25 which includes two children and one unnamed victim.
The official IRNA news agency put the death toll at 25, naming all but one of the victims, who were men. Other media cited somewhat lower figures.
According to an official of provincial judiciary, Ebrahim Hamidi, the one who detonated the device was standing among those offering the prayers and is also reported dead.
The person who detonated the device was standing among men praying in Ali Ebne-Abitaleb mosque and was also killed, provincial judiciary official Ebrahim Hamidi said.
Ahmad Khatami, during his Friday sermon to the worshipers remarked, "The fingertips of America and Israel are definitely on this incident".
"The fingertips of America and Israel are definitely on this incident," Ahmad Khatami told Friday prayer worshippers in Tehran. The guilty would be arrested and "severely punished."
On the other hand, the US has completely negated the claims made against them.
Defense analyst Paul Beaver said it was "highly unlikely" that the U.S. administration of President Barack Obama, who is seeking to engage Tehran diplomatically after three decades of mutual mistrust, would support Sunni insurgents in Iran.
He said history had shown that backing guerrilla groups to effect regime change was "ineffectual and wrong, and the present U.S. administration does not want to be tarnished in that way."
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