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Monday, February 27, 2006

Iranian governors' offices bombed

ISN SECURITY WATCH (Monday, 27 February: 12.23 CET) – Two bombs exploded in governors' offices in the southern Iranian cities of Dezfoul and Abadan on Monday morning, according to the official IRNA news agency.

The first blast occurred at 10.04am in the Dezfoul governor's office in the oil-rich Khuzestan province and the second followed shortly thereafter in the Abadan governor's office.

In both cases the explosive devices were placed in office toilets.

Four people were lightly wounded in the explosions, which caused some property damage.

In comments carried by IRNA, Dezfoul Governor Hamid Qena'ati said: "Hopefully, those behind the bombings will soon be found and punished."

The attacks are the latest to hit the fractious southwestern province, which is home to around two million ethnic Arabs.

The Iranian government accused British troops in nearby southern Iraq of involvement in a bombing last month in the provincial capital Ahwaz that killed eight people and wounded 46.

The British Foreign Office denied any involvement in the attack, which was claimed by a little-known Arab separatist group, according to the BBC.
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