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Iran mosque blast kills 11, wounds almost 200
AFP ^ | April 13, 2008 | wire

Posted on 04/13/2008 3:17:26 AM PDT by Blackyce

Iran mosque blast kills 11, wounds almost 200

TEHRAN (AFP) — Eleven people were killed and at least 191 wounded when an explosion ripped through a packed mosque in Iran's southern city of Shiraz during prayers by a prominent cleric, officials said on Sunday.

Mystery surrounded the cause of Saturday evening's blast, which some officials insisted had been triggered by an accident but other sources said could have been caused by a bomb.

The massive explosion in the men's section of the mosque took place at around 9:00 pm (1630 GMT) during an evening prayer sermon by prominent local cleric Mohammad Anjavinejad, Iranian media reported.

Eleven people were killed and 191 wounded, emergency services official Mohammad Javad Mouradian told the official IRNA news agency.

"The incident could have happened as a result of negligence. A while ago at this site there was an exhibition commemorating the (1980-1988) Iran-Iraq war," Fars province police chief Commander Ali Moayeri told the Fars news agency.

"The munitions left at the site could have caused this explosion," he added. The agency said he ruled out an act of sabotage.

Television pictures showed shards of glass and piles of debris at the site of the blast and huge crowds gathered to await news of loved ones.

"Last night's incident... was definitely an accident. We are studying the cause but as of now but main reason is not clear," Deputy Interior Minister Abbas Mohtaj told the Mehr news agency.

However other sources indicated that the possibility of a militant attack had not been ruled out.

"A judicial probe has been launched to determine the cause of the explosion and the possibility of sabotage," Shiraz prosecutor Jaber Baneshi told IRNA.

Shiraz MP Mohammad Nabi Roodaki said the explosion could have been caused by unknown people deliberately setting off the munitions used in the Iraq war exhibition, the student ISNA news agency reported.

Anjavinejad himself cast doubt on the accident theory, saying that the force of the blast and the presence of an individual who planted a package before his sermon suggested otherwise.

"Some parties are trying to show this was an accident to portray the city as safe. But it is their duty to implement security," he told the Alef news website.

One of Iran's most famous cities, Shiraz is popular with foreign tourists because of its proximity to important ancient sites from the Achaemenian Empire that ruled much of Asia from 550-331 BC.

Fars said that the death toll was set to rise because many victims were in a critical condition.

Iranian media quoted eyewitnesses as saying the explosion caused a cloud of dust to billow into the sky and caused panic amongst the worshippers.

There have been deadly attacks in Iran's border cities with ethnic minority populations in recent years, but a strike in a non-frontier city such as Shiraz would be unprecedented.

Such attacks in Iran have become extremely rare over the past two decades, although the first years after the 1979 Islamic revolution were marked by a succession of bombings in Tehran by outlawed opposition groups.

The last major attack was a February 2007 strike by suspected Sunni rebels in the city of Zahedan in the southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan border province that killed 13 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

According to the reports, before Saturday's blast Anjavinejad had been preaching against Wahhabism -- the ultra-conservative form of Sunni Islam practised in Saudi Arabia. He is reported to be a vehement critic of Wahhabis.

In his sermon he also attacked Bahais, a group who were once Iran's biggest non-Muslim minority by far and who believe in the unity of all religions, Fars reported.

But Bahais are deemed to be apostate by the Islamic republic, and their beliefs are not recognised by the constitution.



TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bahai; iran; islam; middleeast; shiraz; terror; wahhabi
The revolution returns home? Or random accident?
1 posted on 04/13/2008 3:17:26 AM PDT by Blackyce
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To: Blackyce

I’m not saying good,
But I’m not too upset nor am I losing sleep over this.


2 posted on 04/13/2008 3:35:09 AM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: Blackyce

Is this another one, or another report on the earlier one?


3 posted on 04/13/2008 3:38:09 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: RandallFlagg

Apparently I just missed yesterday’s articles. The link says this article was posted this morning.


4 posted on 04/13/2008 3:40:05 AM PDT by Blackyce (President Jacques Chirac: "As far as I'm concerned, war always means failure.")
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To: Blackyce

Yeah. I just compared the stories. Same bombing.


5 posted on 04/13/2008 3:40:59 AM PDT by RandallFlagg (Satisfaction was my sin)
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To: Blackyce

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian officials on Sunday ruled out an attack as the cause of an explosion that killed 11 people inside a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz.

The explosion ripped through the mosque packed with hundreds of worshippers late Saturday as a cleric delivered his weekly speech against extremist Wahabi beliefs and the outlawed Bahai faith, the semiofficial Fars news agency said.

Authorities said besides the 11 killed, 191 people were wounded, some of them critically, the state IRNA news agency reported.

On Sunday, the deputy interior minister in charge of security, Abbas Mohataj, said the explosion was “the result of an incident.” He didn’t elaborate.

The police chief of the southern Fars Province, Gen. Ali Moayyedi, said he “rejects” the possibility of an intentional bombing and “any sort of insurgency” in the blast.

Moayyedi, in comments carried by state IRNA news agency, said the initial investigation found remnants of ammunition from a military exhibition that was held recently at the mosque.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Sunday that no group has claimed responsibility for the explosion.

Earlier, the Fars agency quoted a local police official as saying a homemade bomb had caused the explosion and indicated the attack could been religiously motivated. But the agency backed off those speculations on Sunday.

A witness to the blast, Mostafa Nazari, told The Associated Press that some 1,000 worshippers had gathered at the mosque grounds to hear a cleric speak. He said it was fortunate the blast happened at a part of the building far from the podium, around which most of the audience had crowded.

Shiraz, some 440 miles south of Tehran and the capital of Fars province, is a major draw for foreign tourists who come to see the ruins of nearby Persepolis, the capital of ancient Persia.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D900TO4O0&show_article=1&catnum=0


6 posted on 04/13/2008 3:42:04 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

Somebody was smoking in the basement armory.


7 posted on 04/13/2008 3:44:08 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (NIE or no NIE, I've been waiting since 11/04/79 to do something about Iran.)
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To: ExGeeEye

Yep. ;0)


8 posted on 04/13/2008 3:45:09 AM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Blackyce
"The munitions left at the site could have caused this explosion," he added."

Yeah, right.

The basement was a bomb and munitions manufacturing facility, preparing for war and arming the foreign terrorists in Iraq.

If this is the way they do things ... let 'em build the freakin' bomb ... they'll blow themselves up.


9 posted on 04/13/2008 3:49:02 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true.)
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To: ExGeeEye

Hmmmmm. Live munitions in a display? Got to love those muzzies. Stay away from the anthrax exhibit though.


10 posted on 04/13/2008 3:53:44 AM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Blackyce

They were probably praying to Allah to kill the pigs and infidels right before the explosion.


11 posted on 04/13/2008 3:56:26 AM PDT by Uncle Meat
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To: Blackyce

Maybe we should give them small tactical nukes.........but only if we provide the “instruction manual”.

But this event sort of lends all kinds of images of basement luncheons after the sermon doesn’t it? Coffee, cake and C-4. And fitting bomb vests to those pesky 8 year olds.


12 posted on 04/13/2008 4:00:06 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (Juan McCain....The lesser of Three Liberals.")
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To: Blackyce

Moderate muslins under attack by the extremists within. Let’s hope these types of attacks initiate some action of the muslims to clean up their own house.


13 posted on 04/13/2008 4:10:07 AM PDT by JTHomes
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To: Blackyce
Sounds like their bomb makers in the munitions department of mosque had a mishap!
14 posted on 04/13/2008 4:10:47 AM PDT by poobear (tagline is on a coffee break!)
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To: Blackyce

“The munitions left at the site could have caused this explosion,” he added.

Yup. That sure sounds like an accident.


15 posted on 04/13/2008 4:22:27 AM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Blackyce

But, But, But, Harry Reid said that Al-Qaida had nothing to do with the Shiites? Maybe Harry needs to get a clue.


16 posted on 04/13/2008 4:42:34 AM PDT by Typical_Whitey ( Obama will keep Black Americans on the Democrats Economic Plantation.)
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To: JTHomes

... and let us hope all US muslims pick up and move back to Crapistan to help out. I will personally provide $$ for several one-way tickets.


17 posted on 04/13/2008 4:46:44 AM PDT by ByteMercenary (9-11: supported everywhere by followers of the the cult of islam.)
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To: Blackyce
They were putting together one of those Acme Bomb Kits they mailed away for.

It was supposed to go to Iraq.

18 posted on 04/13/2008 4:57:07 AM PDT by Gorzaloon
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To: txflake

Remember when you said things don’t go “BOOM!” in Iran as in the rest of the Middle East?

Here’s one for you.


19 posted on 04/13/2008 5:44:47 AM PDT by SatinDoll (Desperately seeking a conservative candidate.)
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To: Blackyce
"Of course you can use the church basement for a pot-luck dinner," said the pastor, "but first we have to move the munitions we have stored down there out to the Sunday-school storage room."

Leni

20 posted on 04/13/2008 5:49:04 AM PDT by MinuteGal (I Love My Country More Than I Dislike John McCain)
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To: Blackyce

Gee, I’m really sorry to hear about this bomb blast. It just bummed out my whole day.


21 posted on 04/13/2008 6:06:04 AM PDT by NurdlyPeon (New tag line in progress.)
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To: SatinDoll

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2000645/posts

yesterday’s thread


22 posted on 04/13/2008 7:05:11 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: JTHomes

More likely that munitions were stored inside the mosque and went boom unexpectedly.


23 posted on 04/13/2008 9:19:48 AM PDT by prairiebreeze (I am a proud supporter of Israel.)
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To: Blackyce

When the crates say “Don’t Stack More Than 3 High” they mean it!


24 posted on 04/13/2008 9:41:53 AM PDT by wrench
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To: Joe Boucher

Eating their own again are they?


25 posted on 04/13/2008 9:47:32 AM PDT by samadams2000 (Someone important make......The Call!)
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To: Blackyce

I read in another article about this blast that there’s a Sunni militant group called Jundallah (possibly linked to AQ) is responsible for low-level insurgency in southern Iran. This group blew up a van full of Revolutionary Guards back in February. Maybe they did it?


26 posted on 04/13/2008 10:38:56 AM PDT by G8 Diplomat
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To: Blackyce

27 posted on 04/13/2008 1:52:48 PM PDT by magellan
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To: Blackyce

God Moves in Mysterious Ways - lyrics by Cowper.

God moves in a mysterious way
his wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs
and works his sovereign will.

You fearful saints, fresh courage take;
the clouds you so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
in blessings on your head.

His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err
and scan his work in vain:
God is his own interpreter,
and he will make it plain.

http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_’God_moves_in_mysterious_ways’_come_from_the_Bible


28 posted on 04/13/2008 2:07:27 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: Blackyce

Maybe a work place accident.


29 posted on 04/13/2008 2:17:22 PM PDT by b4its2late (Ignorance allows liberalism to prosper.)
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To: magellan

Arte Johnson - SWEET


30 posted on 04/13/2008 2:45:45 PM PDT by Hoodat (Bull Moose Party Member)
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To: Blackyce

OK, where are the people dancing in the streets, like when Sh*t happens to us??


31 posted on 04/13/2008 4:37:15 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft ( Clinton/Obama .. Obama/ Clinton ... Mc Cain/Obama .. Mc Cain/Clinton ... What a Choice!? Puleeeze!)
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To: Uncle Meat
They were probably praying to Allah to kill the pigs and infidels right before the explosion.
32 posted on 04/13/2008 5:42:36 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: Uncle Meat; rdl6989

How ironic.


33 posted on 04/13/2008 5:43:13 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: Blackyce
"Bush's Fault"!TM

...or the Mossad?

Full Disclosure: come to Jesus, folks. We don't encourage random bombings, the IRA notwithstanding.

Cheers!

34 posted on 04/14/2008 5:15:50 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Blackyce

Payback is a .....


35 posted on 04/14/2008 5:43:52 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: Blackyce

Live by the bomb, die by the bomb.


36 posted on 04/14/2008 9:30:01 PM PDT by taxesareforever (We'll never forget Matt Maupin and his service to our country.)
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