We are used to seeing pictures like this--of suicide bombers before they have gone off to blow themselves up along with Israelis or American troops. But the terrorists pictured above specifically went out to kill Muslims. In Iran.
Sunni Muslim rebel group Jundollah has claimed responsibility for the attack near the Grand Mosque in Zahedan, which it says was in retaliation for the execution of its leader Abdolmalek Rigi last month.For its part, Iran seems somewhat desperate to blame other countries for sponsoring the attacks by Jundollah:
Iranian clerical leaders have claimed the attack was supported by the U.S. in order to create instability in the Middle East country.
The powerful bombs killed at least 28 people at the holy site, including elite members of the Revolutionary Guard, and were apparently carried out by relatives of Abdolmalek Rigi.
Al Arabiya television reported: 'The group said the suicide attacks were carried out by Abdolbaset Rigi and Mohammad Rigi... and warned of more operations to come.'
Iran says Jundollah has links to Sunni Islamist al Qaeda and in the past has accused Pakistan, Britain and the United States of backing Jundollah to create instability in the southeast of predominantly Shi'ite Iran.Apparently, Iran thinks that this is America's way of getting back at Iran for continuing to kill US troops in Iraq.
All three countries have denied this, and Jundollah denies having any association with al Qaeda.
Let's just face it: one of the world's leading sponsors of terror just doesn't handle being on the receiving end very well.
But not everyone in Iran is looking to blame outsiders:
Iran's main reformist political party has issued a daring statement blaming the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for a Thursday evening double-suicide bombing that killed at least 27 people and injured hundreds in southwest Iran.This may piece just one more part of the picture that Michael Ledeen has been presenting as to why the days of the current regime in Iran are numbered.
The Islamic Iran Participation Front said Ahmadinejad's "coup d'etat" government deserved blame for the "terrorist bombings," which it vehemently condemned in a statement reported by its affiliate news website Norooz News (in Persian).
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