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    Iran mosque blast plotters admit Israeli, US links: report Fri May 23, 2008 Associated Press
    Message 1 of 1 , May 31, 2008
      Iran mosque blast plotters admit Israeli, US links: report
      Fri May 23, 2008
      Associated Press

      TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran's chief prosecutor said bombers who caused a
      deadly blast at a mosque in Shiraz had confessed of links to Israel
      and the United States, the ISNA student news agency reported on

      "Those responsible for the attack against the Shiraz mosque have
      confessed to having links to worldwide oppression, in particular the
      United States and Israel," Ghorbanali Dorri-Najafabadi was quoted by
      the agency as saying.

      They also admitted carrying out "one or two minor operations," the
      agency said, without providing further details except to say the
      group launched military operations a year ago.

      The April 12 blast in the southern city left 13 people dead and more
      than 200 wounded. Authorities subsequently announced the arrest of
      15 people.

      Earlier Friday, senior Iranian cleric Ayatollah Ahmed Khatami said
      people had also plotted attacks in the holy city of Qom, 120
      kilometres (75 miles) south of Tehran, and at a book fair held in
      the capital.

      Iran has already accused Britain and the United States of training
      and financing those behind the bombing. In the past it has also
      blamed US and British agents based in neighbouring Iraq and
      Afghanistan for launching attacks on border provinces with
      significant ethnic minority populations.

      The strike in Shiraz was the first in decades in Iran's Persian
      heartland. The normally placid city is not in a border zone, nor is
      it home to any significant ethnic or religious minority population.

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