Sunday, June 21, 2009

Suicide Bombing at Khomeini Shrine

TEHRAN, June 20: A suicide bomber blew himself up at the Tehran mausoleum of Iranian revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on Saturday, killing himself and wounding three pilgrims, the official IRNA news agency reported. It said the wounded included two people from Arab countries who suffered minor injuries. The third victim was an Iranian.

Earlier, the Mehr news agency said the attack took place at the entrance to the shrine where devotees leave their footwear before entering the main mausoleum.

“Minutes ago, a terrorist detonated his explosive vest in the Imam Khomeini shrine. The blast caused damage in one section of the shrine,” Iran’s deputy police chief for operations, Hossein Sajedinia, was quoted as saying by Mehr.

Earlier, the English Language Press TV had said two people had been killed and eight injured in the bombing, which was likely to inflame anger among Iranians who revere the founder of the Islamic Republic. It later said the attacker also died, without saying whether it had counted the bomber in the two dead.

Source: Pakistan Dawn

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