Iran blames America for military parade bomb
Published 23/09/2010 | 10:44
Iran has blamed America for a bomb attack on a military parade which killed twelve spectators, including women and children.
The bomb, with a timer-detonator, was placed in a bush near the podium for the parade, which marked the 30th anniversary of the start of the Iran-Iraq war.
The dead included ten women, among them wives of senior commanders, and one boy.
The parade, one of a number around the country, was taking place in the city of Mahabad, in a Kurdish area of north-western Iran, where separatist guerrilla groups are known to operate.
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday condemned the bombing.
But Iran has regularly accused America, the CIA and Britain of being behind all terrorist activity in the country.
"This act has foreign origins," said Vahid Jalalzadeh, the governor of the province where the attack took place. "Unfortunately America and its allies are present in the region and their support for counter-revolutionaries and hypocrites has been proven."
The Iranian authorities are thought to have largely cracked their major opponent in the south-east of the country – Jundollah, an Islamist-linked group which is seeking greater recognition for members of the Baloch ethnic group.
Jundollah has also been accused of being funded by the CIA, a charge which Washington denies. The group has carried out a number of major attacks in recent years, but its main leaders have been captured and sentenced to death.
Kurdish groups, which operate from across the Iraqi border, may prove more difficult to root out.
The attack came as Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, prepared to return from New York where he told the United Nations general assembly that an American attack on its nuclear facilities could spark a "war with no limits".