2008 Shiraz explosion

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Template:Infobox terrorist attack The 2008 Shiraz bombing was an April 12, 2008 explosion that occurred during prayers at the Hosseynieh Seyed al-Shohada Mosque in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz. Fourteen people were killed and 202 were injured.[1]

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According to Aljazeera, reports showed that the explosion occurred in the side that males were praying. [2] Around 800 people, which were mostly youth, were gathered at the Mosque to hear sermons which usually include sermons attacking the Wahabi denomination of Sunni Islam and the Bahá'í Faith.[3] According to bbc, the explosion shattered windows of several houses that were close to the mosque, as reported by Iran News Agency. [4]

The deputy governor of the province, Mohammad Reza Hadaegh, told IRIB an investigation was under way.[5] Iranian officials first stated that the blast was not a terrorist attack, but caused by leftover munitions that were on display in the mosque as part of an exhibition commemorating Iran's 1980–1988 war against Iraq.[6] However, in May, Interior Minister Mostafa Pour-Mohammadi said the blast was an act of terrorism and 12 terrorists had been arrested before attacking the Russian Consulate and religious centers in Qom.[7] Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejehei accused United States and Britain of involvement in the bombing and attempted to press charges against the two countries.[8][9][10]

An Iranian monarchist group calling itself the Soldiers of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, (Anjoman-e Padeshahi-e Iran), claimed responsibility for the bombing.[11][12]

In November 2008, Iran sentenced three men to death after they were convicted of the bombing.[13] One of these men, Mehdi Eslamian, was hanged with four others on May 9, 2010. His brother had previously been hanged for the bombing.[14]

Victims[edit source | edit]

List of victims[15][16]

Name Age
Ali Nowrouzi 19
Gholam Moussavi 45
Erfan Entezami 6
Najmeh Ghassempour 20
Mohammad Javad Yaghout 30
Alireza Entezami 11
Massoud Rezaei 25
Mohammad Mahdavi 21
Mohammad Jokar 25
Ali Nasiri 38
Mohammad Javad Alavi ?

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References[edit source | edit]

  1. Nasseri, Ladane (2008-04-13). "Iran Mosque Explosion Kills 14, Injures 202 in City of Shiraz". Bloomberg. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  2. "Several dead in Iran mosque blast". Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  3. Bozorgmehr, Shirzad (2008-04-14). "Report: Deadly blast in Iran caused by munitions". CNN. Archived from the original on 20 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  4. "Deadly blast strikes Iran mosque". Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
  5. Hosseinian, Zahra; Jaseb, Hossein (2008-04-12). "Bomb blast in south Iran mosque kills 9, wounds 105". Reuters. Archived from the original on 13 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  6. Fars News Agency (2008-04-16). "Shiraz Blast not a Bomb Attack". Fars News Agency. Archived from the original on 2008-06-24. Retrieved 2008-04-12.
  7. "Shiraz mosque blast was act of sabotage: Minister". IRNA. 2008-05-08. Archived from the original on 2008-05-09. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  8. Erdbrink, Thomas (2008-05-09). "Iran Accuses U.S., Britain In Fatal Blast". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  9. "Detainees Confess!". 2008-05-26. Archived from the original on 2008-05-28. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  10. "Terrorist attack at Russian Consulate in Iran foiled". RT. 2008-05-14. Archived from the original on 2013-04-17. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  11. http://www.jamestown.org/terrorism/news/article.php?articleid=2374183[permanent dead link]
  12. strange-tale-of-shiraz-explosion
  13. "Iran sentences mosque bombers to death". GEO TV. 2008-11-29. Archived from the original on 2011-05-25. Retrieved 2008-12-04.
  14. "Iran executes five political prisoners". Archived from the original on 2011-04-05. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  15. "اسامي کشته‌شدگان حادثه انفجار در شيراز". www.farsnews.com. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  16. "Son enterradas las víctimas de la explosión de la mezquita Seyyed Al Shohada de Shiraz". IRNA. Archived from the original on 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2008-04-20.

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