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27 killed and 300 injured in Iran suicide attacks

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Two suicide attacks in the Shiite Grand Mosque of Zahedan, capital of Sistan & Baluchistan in the southeast of Iran on Thursday caused tens of deaths and hundreds of injuries.

Gholamreza Masoumi, head of Emrgency Services announced that 27 people were killed and 306 were injured in these attacks.

He told ISNA that 137 of the people injured in the blasts have already been released from hospital and 11 of them are in critical condition.

Iranian news agencies announced that a number of Revolutionary Guards were also amongst the dead. Worshippers had gathered in the mosque to celebrate a Shiite event and also mark the day of the Revolutionary Guard.

The first explosion took place at 9:20 pm and the second a few minutes later. Zahedan representative Hosseinali Shahriyari reports that the first suicide bomber was dressed in women's clothing.

A victim of the terrorist attack

Shahriyari told Fars news agency that the suicide bomber dressed as a woman blew himself up after being impeded from entering the mosque. He added: "After a few minutes when people arrive at the scene to lend a hand, a second individual arrives and carries out a second suicide attack."

According to some reports Jundallah organization has taken responsibility for both attacks and claims the two suicide bombers were members of their group.

They identified the two bombers as " two youths by the names of Mohammad Rigi and Mojahed Abdolbaset."

Border officials have announced that all border crossings are blocked and military and security forces are on alert checking all electronic devices and zones."

Jundallah is a political organization active in the Baluchistan region in the bordering areas of Iran and Pakistan.

Jundallah has taken responsibility for "various road blocks, massacre of passengers in Zabol's Tasouki region, bombing of a bus full of Zahedan Revolutionary Guards, exploding sound bombs across from provincial buildings of Zahedan and execution of 17 police officers by firing squad."

Jundallah contends that it is fighting for the rights of the Sunni minority in Iran but the Islamic Republic considers Jundallah a terrorist group supported by Israel and the US.

The former leader of the group, Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested last December by Iranian intelligence agents as he was allegedly travelling to Kyrgyzstan. Rigi was executed a short while ago at Evin Prison.

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