COLOGNE, West Germany (AP) _ A bomb exploded outside Cologne University during a demonstration by Iranian exiles and slightly injured two passers-by, police said Sunday.
Authorities suspect a link between the Saturday night blast and a demonstration inside a nearby university hall by about 2,000 Iranian exiles protesting the 10th anniversary of the Islamic revolution, said police spokesman Alfons Selt.
″Someone could have been killed if the device went off later, as people were leaving the assembly hall,″ he said in an interview.
The Iranian Moslem Students’ Union, a group of exiles opposed to Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s Islamic revolution, accused the Iranian Embassy in Bonn of planting the bomb.
In a statement, the organization claimed the embassy is used as ″a main center for the coordination of criminal terrorist acts″ in Europe.
Selt said two different people claimed responsibility for the blast in telephone calls to police.
″One of them said he wanted to destroy opponents of the Iranian revolution,″ Selt said.
Two passers-by - a 13-year-old boy and a woman - were slightly hurt by the bomb, which exploded as they walked past the university’s main gate, Selt said.