Suicide bombers in Iran kill 27 at mosque

A telling sign that Iran's restless minorities are not going to accept the regime's oppression yesterday when two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a crowded mosque.

An Islamic militant group whose leader was recently executed by Iranian authorities claimed responsibility for a pair of late Thursday bomb blasts that killed at least 27 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guard, at a mosque in southeastern Iran.

Jundollah, a militant group that draws support from Iran's ethnic Baluch minority, said it dispatched two suicide bombers to the mosque during an evening prayer ceremony in the city of Zahedan in order to kill members of the Revolutionary Guard and avenge the arrest and hanging last month of their leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.

According to Iranian news agencies, the first suicide bomber, possibly dressed as a woman, tried unsuccessfully to enter the mosque before blowing himself up, killing and injuring several. A second suicide bomber blew himself up 15 minutes later amid a crowd of bystanders and rescue workers attending to the first victims, killing and wounding many.

Jundullah is not on the State Department's terrorist watch list, although it probably should be. They claim allegiance to al-Qaeda and have set off bombs killing more than 400 people in the last 5 years.

As to be expected, Iran is blaming the US and Israel for the bombings. How far off are they in doing so? We probably give no direct aid to the group but it wouldn't surprise me if some cash and weapons from the US find their way to Jundullah via third parties.