Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Close Call for Ahmadinejad?

CNN reports about mysterious explosions in Iran:
TEHRAN, Iran (Reuters) -- Bombs ripped through a bank and government building in Iran's mainly Arab southern city of Ahvaz on Tuesday, killing six people, the city's governor said.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been due to visit the city on Tuesday, but his office said he cancelled the trip on Monday night because of sandstorms which would have wrecked his hallmark walks through the streets.

"Six people have been killed," city governor Mohammad Jafar Samari told Reuters.

"The place where the bombs exploded was a long way from where the president had planned to make a speech," he said, adding there was no word yet on who planted the bombs.

Lebanon's al-Manar television, run by the pro-Iranian Hizbollah group, said earlier that the bombs had been intended to kill Ahmadinejad. Its Tehran correspondent said the president had called off his trip after a security tip-off.
Wahied Wahdat-Hagh of MEMRI's Berlin office told Spiegel Online: "Many people say if there's going to be a regime change like 1979 in Iran, it is going to originate in Chusistan [the Province in which the bombings occured]. It is there that history is being made."


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