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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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  12. strange-tale-of-shiraz-explosion
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