Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Car Bomb Attack on Iran's Revolutionary Guard

In an "unprecedented" occurrence, 18 people were killed by a car bomb in an attack on the elite Iranian unit, the Revolutionary Guard. The Aljazeera article Bomb attack on Iran’s elite force kills 18, reports the following:

"A car ripped through a bus carrying members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard in a south-eastern border city [Zahedan], killing at least 18 people..."
"Witnesses said the attackers shot at the bus from their car to force it to stop. They then stopped the explosives-laden car in the path of the bus, and were picked up by motorcycles and taken away before the bomb exploded."
"... an attack of this scale and nature – a bomb attack on an elite force in broad daylight in an open street – is unprecedented in Iran."
"Zahedan lies in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which borders both Afghanistan. It has recently witnessed several attacks, with many security force members being killed in the past two months. Iranian officials have accused Britain and the United States of supporting ethnic minority rebels operating in Iran’s sensitive border areas."

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