Monday, June 13, 2005

Iran denies blast

Iran said it had received several bomb threats yesterday, a day after a string of rare blasts killed nine people and injured more than 70 in the Islamic state.

"There were some threats by phone, but no action has been carried out," said Ali Aghamohammadi, spokesman for the Supreme National Security Council.

Sunday's attacks in Tehran and the southwestern oil city of Ahvaz have rattled Iranians four days ahead of presidential elections. Rumours circulated yesterday of further blasts.

An official at the Tehran Governor's office earlier said an explosion had rocked the industrial city of Karaj, just west of Tehran. Aghamohammadi later denied any kind of explosion had taken place in Karaj. Iranian officials have blamed Sunday's attacks on exiled opposition groups and foreign agents seeking to deter Iranians from voting. READ MORE