The hard-line Kayhan International newspaper has once again accused the British of carrying out bomb attacks in Ahwaz.
"The bomb blasts in the cities of Dezful and Abadan on Monday were undoubtedly the dastardly work of mercenaries operating from British bases across the border in southern Iraq," said the newspaper, which operates as a government mouthpiece.
It claimed that British bases had turned into "training camps for terrorists." This comes a day after Iran Focus, an organ of the National Council for Resistance in Iran (NCRI), listed 20 alleged terrorist training camps in Iran, six of which are in Khuzestan province (see: http://www.iranfocus.com/modules/news/article.php?storyid=5956).
"The ministries of the interior and information have documented evidence of British meddling," said the paper. However, the regime has consistently failed to produce any evidence or stage public trials for those it has accused of being "British mercenaries." The regime has also taken no action against the British government or its diplomats in Tehran, indicating that its accusations are baseless propaganda designed to deflect attention from the controversies surrounding its nuclear programme.
The paper stated: "Fed up with the increasingly impudent behaviour of the British they are demanding that the interior and intelligence ministries as well as the judiciary make public the files of the British agents nabbed in Khuzestan."
Nasser Bani Assad, spokesman for the British Ahwazi Friendship Society (BAFS), said: "The British are blamed every time there is a bomb attack or demonstration in Al-Ahwaz. For a group of religious fanatics, the mullahs are incredibly reluctant to publish this damning 'evidence' of British involvement in terrorist attacks.
"It is unusual for those fighting a jihad to be so cautious about upsetting their enemies. The mullahs' Basij forces that violently attack foreign embassies in Tehran do not show the same restraint, nor do those suicide bombers recruited and trained by the regime to attack foreign countries. So why the reticence to reveal the 'evidence' of British complicity in the Ahwaz bombings? Could it be that the mullahs are liars and hypocrites?
"Either the Iranian regime has a very tenuous grip on Al-Ahwaz and is not in control of events, or its ministers are lying and the attacks are the responsibility of some other group. It is evident that the only people who benefit from bomb attacks in Al-Ahwaz are hard-liners in the regime who wish to create excuses for increasing their ethnic cleansing of Ahwazi Arabs."