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    Alleged assassination of Iran President

    4 August 2010 Last updated at 10:55 GMT


    Iran denies reports of attack on President Ahmadinejad
    Mr Ahmadinejad's speech in Hamedan was broadcast live on state TV
    Iranian officials have denied that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was targeted in an assassination attempt.
    A conservative Iranian website had said an explosive device was thrown at his convoy in the western city of Hamedan, where he was to deliver a speech, but later removed the report from its site.
    State-run Press TV said "no such attack had happened", and officials said the blast was caused by a firework.
    Analysis

    Continue reading the main story Jon Leyne BBC News
    Security is actually not that tight around President Ahmadinejad when he is out on tour.
    Presidential tours are announced in advance, and he is swamped by crowds even though there are security guards around him.
    If confirmed as an assassination attempt, it would be the first one I have heard of during his presidency, although the president claimed the Americans had a plot to kidnap him when he travelled to Iraq a couple of years ago.

    Mr Ahmadinejad went ahead with his speech at a football stadium.
    "It was a firecracker, and a statement will be released soon," an official in the president's media office told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
    Al Alam, a state-run Arabic-language TV channel, reported that the firecracker was set off to cheer the president.
    The Khabaronline website said the president's car was about 100 metres (330ft) away from the explosion, which "caused a lot of smoke", but later removed the article from its website.
    The semi-official Fars news agency first said the device was a homemade grenade, but later said the explosion was caused by a firecracker.
    Earlier, a source in his office told the Reuters news agency that Mr Ahmadinejad's convoy was targeted as he was travelling from the airport.

    Dubai-based Al Arabiya television said the attacker threw an explosive device at a car carrying journalists.
    The attacker was detained, it said.
    Other Arab TV reports had said a number of people were wounded in the attack.
    Earlier this week, Mr Ahmadinejad said he believed he was the target of an assassination plot by Israel.
    During a speech to a conference of expatriate Iranians in Tehran, he said Zionists had "hired mercenaries to assassinate me".

    Source - www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-10865085
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    It would have been rather nice to see the funeral but far better if the rest of the daft fuckers that rule that country were buried next to him.

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    Tehran denies reports of bomb attack on Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    Peter Beaumont and Saeed Kamali
    Wednesday 4 August 2010

    Security alert as president's convoy travels through Hamedan
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (centre) and his bodyguards react to the loud noise of the firecracker or grenade as they drive through Hamedan. Photograph: Reuters

    Tehran is struggling to play down reports of an alleged bomb attack on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad which raced around the world as it appeared an error in translation may have transformed a firecracker into a grenade.

    The security alert was triggered in the city of Hamedan, where the hardliner had arrived to make a speech. As he drove from the airport to the city's football stadium a teenager threw a large cherry bomb at a minibus carrying journalists at the back of Ahmadinejad's convoy. The teenager was subsequently arrested.

    The firecrackers which are popular at the Iranian new year festival Norouz and at football matches are known as "narenjaks", the same word used for a grenade.

    Despite immediate claims that Ahmadinejad had survived an attempt to murder him, one local journalist present when the incident occurred, told the Washington Post anonymously that the incident was a minor one.

    "On the path between the airport and stadium, while the convoy was crowded with people, there was suddenly a relatively loud sound, and some smoke," said the journalist. "It did not even warrant Ahmadinejad's security team to act."

    The initial claim of an attack, which appeared at first to be supported by an unnamed government source quoted by Reuters, was denied quickly by officials in Ahmadinejad's office.

    The story first emerged on a number of Iranian websites, including khabaronline.ir a site linked to the speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larijani.

    Different versions of the incident followed throughout the day with the semi-official Fars news agency saying a handmade grenade was thrown where the president and his entourage had been but only after they had left the site.

    The government-owned Borna news agency said somebody threw a firecracker after the convoy had passed, while the semi-official Mehr news agency called it a handmade percussion grenade.

    A photo by the semi-official ISNA news agency showed smoke dozens of yards away from the convoy, which was surrounded by people.

    In Iran "a homemade grenade" - as it was described in some original reports - often refers to a type of firework used to celebrate Chaharshanbe Suri, Iran's festival of fire on the last Tuesday of the Persian calendar, which generates a lot of noise and smoke.

    The Iranian regime sees the celebration as un-Islamic and banned the sale of firecrackers in the country, resulting in many people making their own devices. The homemade grenades are not made to kill, although they are more dangerous than firecrackers and can cause death and serious injuries. Their use during a presidential visit would be highly unusual because of security concerns.

    The incident generated global interest, coming barely a day after Ahmadinejad had said in a speech that "Zionist agents" were plotting to kill him.

    Ahmadinejad went on to give his speech as planned, and it was broadcast live on state television. He made no mention of the attack, focusing instead on the country's disputed nuclear program.

    guardian.co.uk

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    What a shame they missed the obnoxious little turd.

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    Lets hope they get it right next time, practice makes perfect.

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    if only Iran could bomb Israel, that kind of non-sense will stop

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