9 Dead, 100 Wounded in Iran Mosque Blast

Attack scatters meeting of extremist Shiite organization
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2008 8:36 PM CDT
9 Dead, 100 Wounded in Iran Mosque Blast
Map locates Shiraz, Iran where a bomb exploded in a mosque; 1c x 2 3/4 inches; 46.5 mm x 69.9 mm   (AP Photo)

A bomb killed nine and wounded more than 100 in an Iranian mosque today, scattering members of an extremist Shiite group, the BBC reports. Police and militia have cordoned off the area while medics attend to victims and local media call for blood donations. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The blast targeted members of Rahpoyan-e Vesal Association, whose members meet weekly to discuss groups it considers misguided, including Wahhabis and Bahais. It was the first major attack in Iran since a car bomb killed 13 Revolutionary Guard members in Zahedan last year. The city of Ahwaz, near Iraq, has also seen bursts of ethnic violence since 2005. (More mosque stories.)

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