Monday, October 17, 2005

Iran points finger at UK over bomb blasts

IRAN said yesterday it suspected British involvement in weekend bombings that killed five people.

The Iranian interior minister, Mostafa Pourmohammadi, said the explosions which tore into a shopping centre in Ahvaz were "a continuation of previous explosions that were guided from abroad".

In June, when four similar bombings killed at least eight people in Ahvaz, a city populated mainly by Iran's minority Arabs, Tehran blamed Iranian Arab extremists, accusing them of ties to British intelligence in neighbouring southern Iraq, a claim which Britain denied. In Saturday's blast in the city, in Khuzestan province, five people died and more than 100 were hurt when bombs hidden in rubbish bins detonated.

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