Posted by Curt on 18 October, 2005 at 8:57 pm. Be the first to comment!


You gotta read this to believe it:

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran said on Tuesday it had arrested more than 20 people in connection with deadly weekend bombings in southern Iran which the government has blamed on Britain.

Skip to next paragraph Saturday’s blasts outside a shopping mall in the city of Ahvaz killed six people and wounded 100 and have prompted calls from Iran’s hardline press for Tehran to sever ties with London.

The incident has led to a new nadir in relations between Britain and Iran, already strained by London’s criticism of Tehran’s atomic programme and British accusations that Iran has helped Iraqi insurgents carry out bomb attacks against British troops.

Britain denies any links to the bombings as well as a series of other attacks and unrest earlier this year in the ethnic-Arab dominated Khuzestan province which borders southern Iraq and contains the bulk of Iran’s oil reserves.

“More than 20 people who were involved in Saturday’s bombings have been identified and arrested,” Khuzestan Governor Amir Hayat Moqaddam told the official IRNA news agency.

“Based on our investigations they have links to foreigners,” he said.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated his view that Britain was linked to the attacks.

“We have no reason to believe that Britain was not involved in the recent incident,” the ISNA students news agency quoted him as telling journalists on Tuesday.

“We are very well aware of such countries’ behavior. Terrorist acts and insecurity are among the methods used by occupying countries like the UK,” he added.

Iran complaining about foreigners coming to their country and blowing stuff up….what a hoot.

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