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Fake report of attack on Khatami planted on newspaper website

TEHRAN, April 10 (AFP) - A false report that moderate Iranian President Mohammad Khatami had been assassinated was inserted onto the website of a leading pro-reform newspaper, apparently by a hacker, the press reported Monday. Photo here

The electronic edition of Fath carried an item for an hour April 5 saying "President Khatami has been the victim of an attack by two unidentified armed assailants," the press reported.

The phony page one also announced three days of national mourning and offered condolences from the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the formation of a new interim government headed by former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

The ersatz Fath page also announced the arrest of the head of the conservative Kayhan newspaper, Hossein Shariatmadari, and ran astatement allegedly from Asr-e Azardegan chief editor Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, saying Khamenei must "be answerable to the people."

The conservative Qods newspaper quoted Fath chief Yadollah Eslami ascategorically denying the publication of this page on his Internet site.

Qods said the page stayed on the site for nearly an hour before it was removed.


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