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