Sunday, June 12, 2005

US sheltering terrorists, says Iran

IRAN has blamed "terrorists" and Arab separatists sheltered by US troops in neighbouring Iraq for a series of deadly bomb blasts in its capital and the southwestern city of Ahvaz.

A top national security official, Ali Agha Mohammadi, said an ethnic Arab separatist group had claimed responsibility for a quartet of bomb blasts in Ahvaz, which killed at least eight people and wounded 75.

The attacks came just days before the Islamic republic's presidential election.

"The terrorists of Ahvaz infiltrated Iran from the region of Basra (in southern Iraq)," Mr Mohammadi said.

"These terrorists have been trained under the umbrella of the Americans in Iraq."

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