Iran mosque blast causes no casualties: Report

Last April, a blast in a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz killed 14 people and wounded 200.

Iran mosque blast causes no casualties: Report
A sound bomb exploded in a city mosque in a area of eastern Iran near Pakistan on Wednesday, causing minor damage but no casualties, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

The blast in Al-Ghadir mosque in the city of Zahedan came less than a week after Iranian state media said four members of the security forces had been killed in a booby-trap attack set by rebels in the same region.

"The aim of this bombing was to create fear," Fars quoted a local police official, Salah Asgarpour, as saying.

He said the device had been placed in the mosque's kitchen area and caused no major damage.

Zahedan is capital of Sistan-Baluchestan province, where Iranian security forces often clash with heavily armed drugs smugglers and bandits.

In December, Iran said the Sunni rebel group Jundollah (God's Soldiers) had killed 16 police hostages who were abducted from a checkpoint in Sistan-Baluchestan in June.

Last April, a blast in a mosque in the southern city of Shiraz killed 14 people and wounded 200. Iran's Intelligence Ministry said U.S. agents had trained and armed those behind the blast.

Reuters
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