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One of the perpetrators of Zahedan bombing executed

Zahedan, Sistan-Baluchestan Prov, Feb 19, IRNA - One of the main perpetrators of last Wednesday's terrorist bombing in this southeastern city was hanged in public Monday morning. Nasrollah Shanbe-Zehi was hanged at the same place where the bombing took place upon the orders of the local revolutionary court.

He was found guilty as a principal in the deadly attack that killed 11 members of the province's Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) and injured 31 more.

A large number of Zahedani residents witnessed the execution of Shanbe-Zehi at the site where he committed his crime.

Locals who witnessed the execution voiced support for his hanging by chanting anti-US and anti-Israel slogans.

The car bomb attack in Zahedan, 40km (25 miles) from the Pakistani border, Wednesday last week was followed two days later (Friday) by late night clashes and a percussion bomb explosion which wounded one person.

Zahedan Governor General Hassan-Ali Nouri, speaking to IRNA a couple of days ago, accused agents of global arrogance of being behind the inhuman move.

Foreign Ministry spokemsan Mohammad Ali Hosseini said that an investigation conducted after the blasts showed foreigners were behind the terrorist acts.

Capital offenses, which call for the death penalty, in Iran include murder including bombings, rape, armed robbery, apostasy, blasphemy, serious drug trafficking, repeated sodomy, adultery or prostitution, treason and espionage.

Minister says US behind recent terrorist acts in Zahedan

Tehran, Feb 19, IRNA - Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said here Monday that the US intelligence organizations were involved in the recent terrorist acts in Zahedan, the capital of the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

Speaking to Al-Alam News Network, he said that according to the information gathered by Iran's security organizations, over the past years, the US, Britain and Zionist regime have been behind the the unrest in various areas of Iran including Khuzestan, Kurdestan and Azarbaijan provinces.

"Based on the information released by security organizations, a close cooperation has been underway between American officers and counter-revolutionary agents in Afghanistan. The US officers have also been involved in drug smuggling.

"More drugs have been seized along Iran-Afghanistan common border after occupation of the country by foreign troops," he added.

Pour-Mohammadi said that the terrorists had plotted to sow seed of discord and launch sectarian war in Iran and assassinate Shiite and Sunni Ulamma.

"Besides, they had conspired to explode Sunni mosques in Sistan and Baluchestan province," he added.

The minister dismissed the enemies' claims that `Iran is the origin of instability in the Middle East', saying that through such a claim they attempt to spread insurgencies to Iran.

"But the truth is that we are doing our best to establish security and stability in the Middle East, given that our benefits depend on the security of the region," he added.

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