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04/13/08

12 die, 191 wounded in Shiraz blast

Twelve people died and 191 others wounded at Shohada Hosseiniyeh mosque explosion in Shiraz, the capital of southern province of Fars, IRNA reported.

According to Shiraz Emergency Center, some 60 outpatients left the hospital while 28 wounded need surgeries.

A powerful explosion at Rahpouyan-e Vessal cultural center that is part of a mosque, located in a residential area of Shiraz, took place at around 9:00 pm (1630 GMT) Saturday during an evening prayer sermon by a prominent local cleric.

According to IRNA reporter in Shiraz, the explosion wave was so strong that the glasses of the windows of many houses in neighboring regions of the Hosseiniyeh broke and frightened the residents.

Meanwhile, Shiraz public prosecutor said that the possibility of sabotage has not been proved yet.

Hojatoleslam Jaber Baneshi told IRNA that a committee has been formed to investigate the causes of the explosion.

Victims of Shiraz blast transferred to medical centers

Governor General of Shiraz said here Saturday night thanks to efforts made by relief workers and other concerned forces at the scene, wounded victims of Saturday night blast at 'Rahpouyan-e-Vessal' were transferred to Shiraz medical centers.

Ebrahim Azizi added in a meeting with press reporters, "We are trying to inform the people about the names of the wounded victims of the blast incidence through cooperation with the medical centers where they are hospitalized, through the Governorate."

He pointed out that the people can contact phone number 111 to acquire information on the names of the blast victims, adding, "Initial surveys about the cause of the blast have proved there has been no bomb involved in the incidence, and therefore, there have been other probable causes."

Azizi pointed out that complementary surveys are already underway, reiterating, "There are a large number of people present at the explosion site presently and our offices keep asking them to disperse, to permit the relief workers, firemen and other concerned officials heed their responsibilities, assuring the people of proper information dissemination about blast details and its victims identifications."

Deputy Political-Security Governor General of Fars Province, too, told IRNA that according to surveys conducted so far, the probability of existence of a bomb as the cause for the blast is ruled out, while further surveys are underway.

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