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Attack on Iranian leader 'was really fireworks'

Ali Akbar Dareini in Tehran

Published 05/08/2010 | 05:00

Iran's official news agency said that an explosion near the president's convoy was just an excited fan setting off fireworks, denying earlier reports of an assassination attempt.

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A fan set off a firecracker similar to those used during sports matches to express his excitement at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the western Iranian town of Hamedan, reported the IRNA news agency. The explosion near the president's convoy had set off a flurry of media reports, including one that it was a handmade grenade.

Iran's deputy police chief said the reports about the explosion were "sheer lies" circulated by foreign media.

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