Tehran: A conservative Iranian website said
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad escaped an assassination attempt
after a handmade grenade exploded near his convoy today, but
Tehran state TV denied the report.
Other media reported an explosion in the area but gave
conflicting accounts about the cause. Some said it was a
The website, khabaronline.ir, said the grenade detonated
near Ahmadinejad`s convoy as he was on his way to address a
crowd in the western Iranian town of Hamedan but did not harm
The president later gave his speech as planned, and it
was broadcast live on state television. He made no mention of
the attack in his remarks, focusing instead on the country`s
disputed nuclear program.
He struck a hard line against Western demands that Iran
halt its nuclear activities. The US and its allies accuse Iran
of trying to develop atomic weapons, but Tehran insists its
nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
"It will be one of your big mistakes if you think you,
resorting to lies and hue and cry, are able to achieve
something and we will give you any concession," Ahmadinejad
told the crowd at the Hamedan stadium.
One person was arrested in connection with the attack,
the website report said, adding that Ahmadinejad`s car was
about 100 yards (meters) from the blast. It also said there
was no information whether anyone was injured.