Iranian Police detains 40 after mosque bombing

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July 17, 2010 12:40

 
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TEHERAN, Iran — Iranian police arrested 40 suspects as funerals were underway for the victims of a devastating twin bombings outside a mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan, local media reported on Saturday.

Gen. Ahmad Reza Radan, Iran's deputy police chief, told the semiofficial Fars agency that the suspects "intended to create insecurity in Zahedan after the bombing."

A Sunni insurgency called Jundallah, which has carried out several other bombings in the southeast over the past few years, claimed responsibility for the blasts, which killed 27.

Radan said that all was calm in the city now and that two policemen were among the dead and 10 others were wounded. Members of the elite Revolutionary Guards were also reportedly killed.

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