Press: Tehran, Washington Plan Terrorist Acts to Seize Baghdad

Published June 23rd, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Iraq on Friday accused Iran of collaborating with the United States in planning "terrorist acts" to seize control in Baghdad. 

"Every terrorist act carried out by this Iranian regime against Iraq shows very clearly that it sits in the American camp and that its hostile attitude to imperialism and Zionism is simply a matter of words," Ath-Thawra newspaper, mouthpiece of Iraq's ruling Baath party, charged. 

"Those who think that the Iranian regime has changed its terrorist attitude or forgotten its expansionist aims towards Iraq are making a mistake," the paper said. 

An Iranian intelligence officer and three of his accomplices were killed in the explosion of a car "containing 25 kilograms (55 pounds) of TNT, which was to have been used in a remote control attack," Iraqi authorities said Wednesday. 

The exact date and place of the explosion were not revealed, but Baghdad did say it took place after June 2nd. 

The Iranian government said Thursday it had nothing to do with the car bomb attack. 

"The Islamic republic of Iran is not at all connected to this incident and completely rejects the Iraqi accusations," said foreign ministry spokesman Hamid-Reza Asefi. 

In May, a child was killed and four other people were wounded in a rocket attack in a residential neighborhood of Baghdad. The authorities blamed the attack on Iranian "agents." - BAGHDAD (AFP)  

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