Iran Says Several Executed For Recent Bombings
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) _ Iranian security forces have executed some of those arrested in connection with recent wave of bombings in Tehran, the government’s information minister was quoted as saying Tuesday.
Iran’s official Islamic Republic News Agency also quoted MohammedMohammedi- Re yshahr as saying Iran foiled plans by the underground group Mujaheddin Khalq to bomb the Parliament building in Tehran, the news agency’s office and ″another sensitive center″ in the capital.
The report did not specify how many people had been arrested or executed.
IRNA, monitored in Nicosia, said authorities identified two Iranians still at large as responsible for a car-bombing Sunday that killed 15 people and wounded 35 in a Tehran street.
The information minister identified the two as Massoud Ghaderi and Hamid Mokhtari, IRNA said.The minister said the Iraqi intelligence service provided Ghaderi and Mokhtari with the explosives used in the bombing. Their pictures would be published in Iranian newspapers to help catch them, he said.
Iran blamed the Paris-based Mujahedeen Khalq for the explosion. But a statement by the leftist exile group condemned the bombing, calling it ″a crime committed with the sole aim of tarnishing the image of a just resistance.″
Mohammedi-Reyshahr said Iraq’s intelligence service was responsible for an explosion against the life of Iranian President Ali Khamenei last February.
An explosive charge wrapped in a prayer detonated up as Khamenei was delivering a sermon, killing or wounding 100 people, according to IRNA. Khamenei reportedly was not injured.
Mohammedi-Reyshahri said ″Iraqi agents″ had been paid the equivalent of $70,000 for planting the bomb at a Tehran university campus where the prayers were being held.
He said the attackers were arrested near the Iraqi border and would be put on trial soon.