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21killed, scores injured in two suicide bombings in southeastern Iran

PHILIPPINES Children in Mariveles, Bataan, look at the body of a fisherman who died in Typhoon Conson, which killed at least 23 people. Troops were searching for dozens of fishermen. For more photos from the past week, go to Eye on the World at washingtonpost.com/world.
PHILIPPINES Children in Mariveles, Bataan, look at the body of a fisherman who died in Typhoon Conson, which killed at least 23 people. Troops were searching for dozens of fishermen. For more photos from the past week, go to Eye on the World at washingtonpost.com/world. (Noel Celis/agence France-presse Via Getty Images)

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Friday, July 16, 2010

IRAN

21 killed in bombings in southeastern city

At least 21 people, including members of the elite Revolutionary Guard Corps, were killed and 100 were wounded in two suicide bombings Thursday at the main Shiite mosque in Zahedan, capital of the southeastern province

of Sistan-Baluchistan, state-run news media reported.

The Sunni rebel group Jundallah said it was behind the attacks, telling al-Arabiya television in an e-mail that it had carried them out in retaliation for Iran's execution of the group's leader, Abdul Malik Rigi, in June.

Rigi was hanged after being convicted of carrying out deadly attacks.

Jundallah says it is fighting for the rights of Iran's Sunni minority. Tehran officials say Jundallah has links to al-Qaeda, and in the past they have accused Pakistan, Britain and the United States of backing the group to foment instability in southeastern Iran, which borders Pakistan.

-- Reuters

PAKISTAN

Blast in Swat Valley kills 5, injures dozens

An apparent suicide bombing near a bus terminal in Pakistan's Swat Valley killed five people and wounded at least 58 on Thursday, officials said, a sign that Islamist militants remain active in the northwestern region despite a massive army operation there last year to force them out.

The explosion occurred about noon in Mingora, the main town in the onetime tourist haven.


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