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Iran Says 'Main Elements' Behind Bombing Killed


A survivor of a bomb blast in her hospital bed in Mahabad on September 22

A survivor of a bomb blast in her hospital bed in Mahabad on September 22

Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has killed "main elements" behind a recent bombing that killed at least 12 people at a military parade.

The dead in that bombing, of an annual event to mark the start of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq War, included family members of senior commanders.

Officials in the wake of the tragedy reportedly blamed "antirevolutionaries" for the attack.

The semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Mohammad Pakpour, head of the corps' ground forces, as saying they were killed in an operation "in a border area."

He also accused Israel and the United States of supporting the September 22 attack in the northwestern town of Mahabad.

compiled from agency reports
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