UN slams suicide bombings in Iran

The UN Security Council on Friday strongly condemned as a “terrorist attack” the twin suicide bombings on a mosque in southeastern Iran that left 27 people dead.

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Published: Sat 17 Jul 2010, 8:40 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 7:47 AM

Earlier in the day, UN chief Ban Ki-moon also slammed the bombings, which were claimed by the shadowy Sunni rebel group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), as a “senseless act of terrorism.”

A statement read by Nigeria’s UN Ambassador Joy Ogwu, who chairs the council this month, said all 15 members “condemned on the strongest terms the terrorist attack” in Zahedan, capital of Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan province.

UAE condemns Iran bombing
The UAE has vehemently condemned the criminal act which targeted a mosque in Iran’s southeastern city of Zahedan yesterday which killed and injured scores of people.

“The UAE condemns in the strongest terms this terrorist act and affirms its full solidarity and stand with Iran in its efforts to face these criminal acts,” UAE Foreign Minister Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan said in a statement today.

Shaikh Abdullah offered heart-felt condolences to the families and relatives of the innocent victims and wished speedy recovery of those wounded in the explosion. - WAM

It stressed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations “is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”

Jundallah said it carried out the bombings to avenge the hanging of its veteran leader Abdolmalek Rigi.

Tehran has long charged that the group has received backing from Washington as part of its efforts to undermine the Islamic Republic.

Jundallah claims to be fighting for the interests of Sistan-Baluchestan province’s large ethnic Baluch community, who unlike most Iranians, mainly follow the Sunni branch of Islam.

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