October 18, 2009
Amid accusations of having played a role in a deadly suicide bombing in southeast Iran, the United States moves to deny any involvement in the terrorist attack.
“We condemn this act of terrorism and mourn the loss of innocent lives,” State Department Spokesman Ian Kelly said in a statement. “Reports of alleged US involvement are completely false.”
[efoods]A suicide bomber blew himself up on Sunday at a unity meeting between Sunni and Shia tribal leaders in the borderline City of Pishin, near the Town of Sarbaz, in the borderline Province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
The Jundullah terrorist group, led by Abdolmalek Rigi, claimed responsibility for the attack that killed several top regional security officials such as the provincial commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), including Brigadier Nour-Ali Shoushtari and Brigadier Rajab-Ali Mohammadzadeh.
The explosion also claimed the lives of a group of tribal leaders and well-known local figures of both Shia and Sunni communities.
The US reaction followed Sunday’s remarks by Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani who accused Washington of playing a role in the attack by invading and occupying Afghanistan, while Iran’s armed forces blamed Britain.
“The regretful terrorist attack in Sistan-Baluchistan was the result of US action,” Larijani said on Sunday.