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Wednesday, November 17, 1999 Published at 13:01 GMT

World: Middle East

Rogue group blamed for Iran bombing

The armed forces in Iran have blamed a bomb explosion in Mashad in September which left two people dead on dissident government officials.

They say a number of arrrests have been made.

An army statement said the bombing in the north-eastern city of Mashad was an attempt by what it called the seditious gang of Saeed Emami and Mostafa Kazemi to derail official investigations into the murders of a series of intellectuals in Iran last year.

Saeed Emami was a senior Iranian Intelligence Ministry official, who the authorities said led the group.

He died in jail in June; officials said he had taken his own life.

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