Bomb Explosion in Tehran Injures Three
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ A bomb exploded Thursday night near a public plaza in the center of Tehran, injuring at least three people, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
The blast shook the Iranian capital’s Ferdowsi Square, shattering shop windows and ″creating panic among the local residents and passersby,″ the agency said.
An IRNA reporter saw three injured pedestrians ferried away by ambulance. One of the victims was in critical condition.
There were reports that two bombs had been placed in a corner garbage can, according to the state-run news agency, monitored in Nicosia.
The square is about 600 yards from the British and Russian embassies, and about a half-mile from the former American embassy. While crowded during the day, the square was relatively empty at the time of the explosion.
The explosion follows two recent attacks on embassies and one on a French airline office in Tehran.
Last Sunday, gunmen fired bullets at the British compound. No one was hurt.
In November, grenades were thrown at the French Embassy and the Air France office, injuring an airline employee.
Police have arrested two suspects in the grenade attacks.
Iran’s official media blamed all three attacks on rebels from Mujahedeen Khalq, a Baghdad-based opposition group. The Mujahedeen denied any involvement.