Blasts Heard in Northeast of Iranian Capital
Several homes were damaged Sunday in violent explosions, which rocked a Tehran district that houses the intelligence ministry late Saturday, Iranian state radio reported.
Some 12 explosions shook the northeast of Tehran Saturday evening, the radio said, but no details were given on what caused the blasts or on any casualties.
However, there were unconfirmed reports that the ministry had been attacked by units of the armed Iranian resistance and that several people had been killed or wounded.
Ambulances raced to the area as soldiers called on residents to keep calm and stay indoors, eyewitnesses said.
An intelligence ministry spokesman confirmed to AFP that explosions had occurred and said there were no casualties, but journalists were not allowed inside the buildings.
In a statement received by AFP in Nicosia, the People's Mujahedeen, said "several of its military units had launched an attack on the intelligence ministry at 9:30 p.m. (1700 GMT), firing 20 82mm mortar rounds."
It said the ministry building sustained "substantial damage" and that "a number of intelligence ministry agents were killed or wounded."
The Mujahedeen said the attack on the heavily guarded ministry was in response to last week's "suppression" of student demonstrations in Tehran.
At least 10 people were injured last Saturday in clashes outside Tehran University when fundamentalist militias and riot police broke up fighting between reformist and conservative students, demonstrators said.
That violence, involving hundreds of people, followed on a peaceful demonstration broken up by police earlier in the day that had been called to mark the one-year anniversary of violent clashes at the university that left at least three dead.
The last major attack against the Iranian administration was on February 5th in downtown Tehran when a blast damaged the headquarters of the Expediency Council, a key constitutional arbitration body chaired by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and located in the Marble Palace, a former imperial residence - TEHRAN (AFP)
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