A Sunni insurgent group said it carried out a double suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque in southeast Iran to avenge the execution of its leader, as Iranian authorities Friday said the death toll rose to 27 people, including members of the elite Revolutionary Guard.
Jundallah's attack was seen as a retaliation for Iran's execution of their leader Abdolmalek Rigi in June in Zahedan, a month after hanging his brother Abdulhamid Rigi, who had been captured in Pakistan in 2008 and extradited to Iran. "[Abdolmalik] Rigi's confessions [before his execution] prove that the United States, Zionists and some European countries are directly linked with the Zahedan blasts, because he had confessed that the U.S. wants bomb attacks to be carried out across Iran," chief of the Revolutionary Guards' Political Bureau Yadollah Javani told the Fars news agency in a report cited by Press TV.
President Obama condemned the attacks on Friday, saying in a statement that the deaths of innocent civilians in their place of worship is an "intolerable offense" and that those responsible for the blasts must be held accountable.
In New York, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon strongly condemned the suicide bombings saying "this senseless act of terrorism at a place of worship makes it all the more reprehensible," UN associate spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters at UN headquarters.