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Iran: Over 20 suspects arrested in connection with Ahvaz bomb blasts

Tehran, Oct 18, IRNA-Minister of Information Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei said on Tuesday that the number of those arrested in connection with terrorist bombing in Ahvaz on October 15 exceeded 20.

"Investigations are underway to bring to justice the criminals involved in the terrorist attack," he said.

A reporter asked Ejei to comment on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's suspicion that British forces might have been behind terrorist attacks in Khuzestan province, he said that the President merely expressed suspicion about British role in the affair.

"Some clues have been traced down and we have suspicion about the UK," Mohseni Ejei said.

"When the lawsuit was prepared and delivered to the court of justice, different aspects of the affair will become clear." He ruled out any decision to ban import of goods from UK and South Korea.

Meanwhile, an explosive device placed under a bridge in Ahvaz was neutralized by provincial police Monday.

Ahvaz police rushed to the scene at 17:00 hours local time (13:30 GMT) on Monday upon a tip-off and neutralize it, according to a police officer.

Interior minister: Several people involved in planting bombs in Ahvaz arrested

Tehran, Oct 18, IRNA-Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said on Tuesday that several people involved in planting bombs in Ahvaz have been arrested.

He told reporters upon leaving Majlis that serious action has been taken to identify and arrest all culprits involved in terrorist bombing in Ahvaz.

He said that the terrorist attacks in Ahvaz had foreign origin and the individuals involved in the bombings have been trained outside the borders.

Pour-Mohammadi said that several parcels of explosive devices have been seized from terrorists which have been shipped from abroad.

He called for deployment of police force along border areas to stop cross-border movement of the terrorists.

The interior minister said that he had appealed to Majlis to provide extra fund to reinforce border security of Khuzestan province.

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