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Police arrest several suspects in connection with bomb blast

TEHRAN, Sept 17 (AFP) - Iran's security forces have arrested several people in connection with a bomb blast which killed at least two people Thursday at a holy site in the northeastern city of Mashhad, state radio reported Friday.

"Several suspects were arrested here Thursday in connection with the bomb blast," said a security official from Mashhad, but did not give the exact number detained or the motive for the attack.

The official IRNA news agency had originally said that eight people were killed at the holy site of the mausoleum of Imam Reza in Mashhad, but later revised the figure down to two.

Of the ten people reported injured in the blast, seven were released from hospital just hours later, radio said.

The bomb, placed in a rubbish cart near the shrine, killed a refuse collector and a pilgrim at 3:00 p.m. (1030 GMT), the agency said.

The blast blew out windows of nearby shops and houses.

Shortly after the explosion a crowd of local people gathered near the Shiite Muslim shrine shouting slogans condemning the attack.

Iranian state radio, quoting a security official in Mashhad, said a car was also damaged in the explosion but gave no indication about who planted the device.


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