Police detain 40 after Iran mosque bombing

An Iranian news agency says police have arrested 40 suspects after the devastating twin bombings of a mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan.

Tehran: An Iranian news agency says police have arrested 40 suspects after the devastating twin bombings of a mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan.
Gen. Ahmad Reza Radan, Iran`s deputy police chief, has told the semiofficial Fars agency that the suspects "intended to create insecurity in the city of Zahedan after the bombing."

The blasts killed 27 people outside a mosque Thursday. A Sunni insurgency called Jundallah claimed responsibility.

Gen. Radan also said Saturday that two policemen were among the dead.

Earlier reports said members of the elite Revolutionary Guards were also killed.

Jundallah, which says it is fighting for the rights of the mainly Sunni Baluchi minority, said the attack was revenge for the execution of its leader Abdulmalik Rigi in June.

Bureau Report

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