Sunday, June 12, 2005

Bombs kill 5, hurt 89 in Iran oil town before poll

Live by the bomb.........

Four bomb blasts killed at least five people and wounded 89 in a southwestern oil town on Sunday, five days before Iran's presidential election.

The bombs were aimed at state buildings in Ahvaz, capital of the partly Arabic-speaking province of Khuzestan, where five people were killed in ethnic unrest in April.

The bombs targeted the governor's office in the town, 550 km (340 miles) southwest of Tehran, as well as two local government departments and a housing complex for state media employees.

A pool of blood stained the floor of a waiting room at the governor's office, where the explosion had wrecked ceilings, broken windows and destroyed a car outside, TV footage showed.

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