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Iran says MKO terrorist group instigated Karbala massacre

TEHRAN, Sept. 12 (Mehr News Agency) - About three months before the Shaban 14 (August 28) massacre in Karbala, closed-circuit cameras captured a 23-year-old woman and 13-year-old youth who were gathering information about the various entrances to the Imam Hussein shrine.

After their arrest, it became clear that they had been sent by the Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) to locate ways to sneak into the shrine for terrorist operations.

The Shaban 14 incident began when a number of members of Moqtada Sadr's Al-Mahdi militia attempted to enter the shrine but were prevented by security forces. Fighting then broke out between the two Shia groups in which 52 people were killed and 300 injured.

At first glance, it seemed to be a clash between rival Shia groups seeking to monopolize power and another indication of the extreme insecurity in Iraq, especially in Shia areas.

However, now it is clear that hidden hands were at work.

Witnesses say that during the fighting on August 28 a large number of weapons were distributed to people near the positions of the Al-Mahdi militia. The attackers pretended that the weapons were being provided to the people by the Al-Mahdi fighters.

Some of the arms confiscated by the security forces were made in Iran and this shows that the main aim of the culprits behind the bloody clashes was to sully Iran's reputation in Iraq, especially among the Shias.

The arms were distributed near the positions of the Al-Mahdi forces in order to give the impression that Iran has been arming the group.

But according to the reports of security officials at the shrine, the MKO was involved in the heinous crime.

Initial investigations by a special committee of the Iraqi Interior Ministry have also shown that the MKO was behind the incident.

... Payvand News - 9/13/07 ... --

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