Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bomb Shatters Shiraz Mosque

A powerful bomb in the men’s section of Martyrs Hossenieh mosque in Shiraz has killed at least nine people, and injuring at least 105 others. The bomb exploded during a sermon by Hojatoleslam Anjavinejad, the executive secretary of Friday Prayers Organization of Fars province. Anjavinejad escaped unhurt, but the force of explosion was felt within a 1.5 kilometer radius of the Hosseinieh, in the heart of one of Shiraz’s residential quarters.

Bombs are rarity in Iran. No one has yet taken responsibility for the blast. Hojatoleslam Anjavinejad is a cleric popular with young religious crowds and his sermons typically contain attacks on Wahabis, the fundamentalist Sunni sect with largest following in Saudi Arabia.

At the time of the blast, Anjavinejad was addressing the youths affiliated with Rahpouyan Vesal-e Shiraz organization. An eyewitness report put the number of people in attendance at around 800. The blast happened at 9pm local time on Saturday.


Mark Pyruz said...

Terrorism in Shiraz, an unsettling development.

Nader, President Ahmadinejad's website has just released almost fifty photographs of him hanging out among centrifuges, including a couple of shots of him cradling a carbon fiber rotor casing for the IR-2.

Check out:

For a discussion on the photos, check out ArmsControlWonk at:


Nader Uskowi said...

Thanks, as always. Great pictures.

Joseph Sixpack said...

I was re-reading Hidden Iran last week. One of the points made by Takeyh that stuck out in my mind was his repeated assertion that crises always strengthen the faction that is in power. The context of those assertions were criticisms of US policy towards Iran, but the assertion still seems relevant here.