Sunday, October 18, 2009

Suicide Bomber Kills 31 In Attack on Iran Guards

Perhaps this is a hotting up of opposition to the apocalyptic regime in Iran.  While terrorist bombing must always be deplored and fought against, this is a case of poetic justice.  Secular murder within Islam is one of the West's best defenses against the global Jihad.


Suicide Bomber Kills 31 In Attack on Iran Guards

By REUTERS Published: October 18, 2009
Filed at 12:00 p.m. ET

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed six senior Revolutionary Guards commanders, including two of its top officers, and 25 other people on Sunday in one of the boldest attacks against Iran's most powerful military institution.
The attack highlighted deepening instability in the Islamic Republic's southeast bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, where many of Iran's minority Sunnis live and which has seen a spate of deadly bombings and other violence in the last few years.

State media said a local rebel Sunni group called Jundollah (God's soldiers) claimed responsibility for the attack, the deadliest on the elite Revolutionary Guards in recent years, which also wounded some 30 people at a meeting of tribal chiefs.

The southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan is the scene of frequent clashes between security forces, ethnic Baluch Sunni insurgents and heavily-armed drug traffickers.
The region has also been the focus of attacks in recent years by Jundollah, which accuses Iran's Shi'ite-led government of discrimination. Iranian officials have accused Jundollah of receiving backing from al Qaeda and the United States.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the perpetrators would be "seriously dealt with," the official IRNA news agency said.
Iran's armed forces accused the United States and Britain of involvement in the attack carried out by "terrorists" and warned of revenge, the semi-official Fars News Agency reported.

The deputy head of the Guards' ground forces, General Nourali Shoushtari, and its commander in Sistan-Baluchestan province, General Rajabali Mohammadzadeh, were among the killed.
"Rigi's terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the attack," said state television, referring to Abdolmalek Rigi, leader of Jundollah which is linked by some analysts to the Taliban in neighboring Pakistan.