TEHRAN, Iran - Police and insurgents clashed after a bombing in southeastern
Iran late Friday near the site where an explosion killed 11 members of the elite
Revolutionary Guards this week, Iranian news agencies reported.
"Minutes ago, the sound of a bomb
explosion was heard in one of Zahedan's streets," the state-run news agency IRNA
said, without giving more details.
People gather around as the remains of a bus is lifted from
the scene following an explosion in Zahedan, southeastern of Iran, on
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2007. [AP]
The semiofficial Fars news agency said clashes broke out between Iranian
police and armed insurgents after the explosion.
Fars quoted the governor of Zahedan, Hasan Ali Nouri, as saying the blast was
a "sound bomb explosion"- a device that creates a loud boom but that usually
does not cause casualties.
Nouri said there was gunfire heard but that it was late at night and that
police had cordoned off the area.
On Wednesday, a car bomb blew up a bus carrying Revolutionary Guards, killing
11, in Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province, which sits on the border
A Sunni Muslim militant group called Jundallah, or God's Brigade, which has
been blamed for past attacks on Iranian troops, has claimed responsibility for
the Wednesday bombing.
Iran has accused the United States of backing militants to destabilize the
country. Tensions between Tehran and Washington are growing over allegations of
Iranian involvement in attacks on US troops in Iraq, and over Iran's nuclear
Fars said the Friday explosion was at a school in Zahedan.
"The insurgents began shooting at people after the explosion. Clashes are
continuing between police and the armed insurgents. Police have cordoned off the
area," the Fars agency said.
IRNA quoted an unnamed "responsible official" late Friday as saying that one
of those arrested on charges of involvement in Wednesday's bombing, identified
as Nasrollah Shanbe Zehi, has confessed that the attacks were part of alleged US
plans to provoke ethnic and religious violence in Iran.
The confessions by Zehi helped police detain an unspecified number of
Jundallah members and confiscate weapons and documents from the group in a raid
Thursday in Zahedan, IRNA also said.
A majority of Iran's population are Shiite Muslims but minority Sunnis live
in southeastern Iran.
Friday's blast came just hours after the funeral of the 11 Revolutionary
Guardsmen in the capital.