Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Iran blames UK for Ahvaz blasts

Iran's president continues to believe that Britain had a hand in the bombings that killed six people on the weekend.

The British Embassy has denied the charge and condemned the blasts.

Thousands of people took part on Monday in the funeral in Ahvaz, Khuzestan province, of the six people who were killed when bombs exploded on Saturday in a shopping centre in the southwestern town.

Some mourners accused Britain of instigating the blasts, which wounded at least 102 people.

"We are extremely suspicious that there was a British forces' role in the terrorist attacks," state TV quoted President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as telling the cabinet on Sunday.

"Iranian agents have found the footprint of Britain in previous cases."

Ahvaz is close to the border with southern Iraq, where 8500 British soldiers are based as part of the US-led military coalition.

The government denied the reports.

"Any linkage between the British government and these terrorist outrages is completely without foundation," the British Embassy in Tehran said in a statement on Sunday.

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