BOMB BLAST IN IRAN!… 9 Dead in Mosque Explosion
At least 9 are dead in the mosque explosion!
—Iran Press News received an email that there may have been 3 explosions.
Iranians gather near the scene of a bomb explosion in a mosque which killed several people, in the city of Shiraz, 559 miles (990 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Saturday, April 12, 2008. (Iranian Fars News)
At least 9 are dead in southern Iran in a bomb blast explosion.
The BBC reported:
At least nine people have been killed and more than 100 wounded in an explosion at a mosque in Iran, local media reports say.
The blast reportedly occurred during an address by a prominent local cleric in the southern city of Shiraz.
The city’s Law Enforcement Force commander, Col Zamani, told the semi-official Fars news agency that the explosion had been caused by a bomb.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast.
Fars quoted a hospital official as saying at least nine people had been killed and 105 injured. An initial Iranian TV report said scores had been killed, but later revised its death toll to “several”.
The Iranian Republic News Agency reported that the blast struck a cultural religious center in Shiraz:
There was a heavy explosion at cultural-religious center of Rahpouyan-e-Vessal’ (God’s Path Seekers) group in Shiraz, in which dozens of attendants at a religious gathering at that center were critically injured.
The Political-Security Deputy of Fars Province Governor General while approving that there has been a blast, reiterated, “The cause of the blast is still under survey.”
Mohammad-Reza Hada’eq added in a brief interview with IRNA, “It seems as if the explosion took place at the rear end of the Hosseiniyeh.”
The prayer house in which the explosion has taken place is located at Martyr Aqa’ie Street of Shiraz.
Alalam had more on the prayer center:
The religious center is a venue where weekly meetings are held every Saturday to study and hold discussions on atheist schools of thought.
Based on the report, most of the participants in the meetings are usually the young girls and boys who listen to speeches of Secretary of the Friday Prayers Congregation Headquarters in Fars Province, Hojjatoleslam Anjavinejad.
Iranian blogger Spirit of Man has more on the explosion.
There are suspicions that the regime could be behind the blast
UPDATE: (Sunday) Fars News reported that 12 are dead.