May 29, 2009
Editor’s note: It is now common knowledge the U.S. funds terrorists inside Iran. Covert activities include support for the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations.United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Bush’s authorization, since 2007 (see CNN clip of Hersh below). See Hersh’s Preparing the Battlefield.
Iranian officials Friday accused the US of hiring those behind a suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque in southeastern Iran that killed 23 people and linked the attack to next month’s presidential vote.
‘Three people involved with the terrorist incident were arrested,’ Jalal Sayah, deputy provincial governor of the Sistan-Baluchistan province that borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, told Fars news agency.
‘According to the information obtained they were hired by America and the agents of the arrogance,’ Sayah said. Iranian officials usually use the term ‘global arrogance’ in reference to Iran’s arch-foe the United States.
[efoods]The suicide attack during Thursday evening prayers at the Shiite Amir al-Momenin mosque in Zahedan, the restive capital of Sistan-Baluchistan, killed 23 people and wounded 125 others.
‘This catastrophe was a suicide terrorist attack,’ Zahedan MP Payman Foroozesh told ILNA news agency.
Provincial justice chief Ebrahim Hamidi said the attacker ‘had stood in the last line of male worshippers during the evening prayer, carried out the bombing and died.’
Hamidi told ISNA news agency that one person had been arrested for the bombing and ‘charged with armed opposition and acting against national security. But his motive cannot be presented for the moment.’
He said most attacks in the restive province were carried out by a Sunni rebel group headed by ring leader Abdolmalek Rigi, but he could not confirm whether the group could be blamed for Thursday’s bombing.
Iran’s former premier and presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi too blamed ‘foreign forces’ for Thursday’s attack.
Mousavi at a media conference with journalists from international news networks said incidents such as the mosque bombing ‘have either been influenced or supported by foreign forces.’
‘The fewer foreign forces in the region, the more security there is. They provoke extremism in the region such as the incident in Zahedan,’ said Mousavi, one of four candidates standing in the June 12 presidential election.
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