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Iran's culture ministry condemns bombing of moderate daily

Teheran (dpa) - Iran's culture ministry Tuesday condemned a bomb attack which damaged the premises of the moderate Teheran daily Khordad and left two employees injured.

There was no indication who was responsible, but witnesses reported seeing two unidentified assailants fleeing the scene on a motorcycle, the news agency IRNA reported.

``We condemn this violent act,'' Deputy Culture Minister Ahmad Burqani told IRNA, adding that ``the nation should now strike at the root of the problem of violence and try to do away with it.''

Khordad, a supporter of the reform policies of President Mohammad Khatami, is run by his Deputy for Political Developments, former interior minister Abdullah Nuri.

The daily's editor-in-chief, Ali Hekmat, told IRNA he had received several threatening phone calls prior to Monday's attack, but did not take them seriously.

Radical Moslems have been targetting liberal Iranian intellectuals and have been blamed for deaths of five dissidents in recent months. Rogue security agents are expected to go on trial for the killings.


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