Iran claims deadly bomb attack was carried out by America and Britain

October 19, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Iran authorities claim the deadly attack yesterday that killed senior Revolutionary Guards among perhaps 40 people in a suicide attack in south-eastern Iran, was carried out by terrorists trained by America and Britain in Pakistan.

“The terrorists were trained in the neighboring country by the Americans and British,” General Mohammad Pakpour, head of the Guard’s ground forces, told state television. “The enemies of the Islamic Republic of Iran are unable to tolerate the unity in the country.”

Gen Pakpour, whose deputy Gen Nour Ali Shoushtari was the most senior officer killed in the attack, said there would be retribution.

The suicide bombing, which occurred early on Sunday morning in the city of Pisheen, in Sistan-Baluchestan province, wounded another 30 people, killed five senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard and at least 25 others in an area of southeastern Iran that has been at the center of a simmering Sunni insurgency, state media reported. The Revolutionary Guards is an elite force fiercely loyal to the tenets of the Islamic revolution of 1979.

While Iran regularly blames all opposition on America and Britain, there have been claims outside the country for a number of years that the Bush administration provided funding to Jundullah, the militant group which claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday.  The attack, the deadliest attack in Iran in recent years, occurred as officers were inside a car on their way to a meeting between locals from Shia and Sunni communities. General Nourali Shoushtari, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ armed forces, and General Mohammadzadeh, the Guard’s commander in Sistan-Baluchestan, were killed. Iran’s state-owned English language TV channel, Press TV, said there were two simultaneous explosions: one at the meeting and another targeting an additional convoy of Guards on their way to the gathering.


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