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Bomb in Ahwaz City hours after executions

A percussion bomb exploded in the Kianpars area of Ahwaz City just hours after two young Ahwazi Arab men were executed in Naderi Street.

No deaths or injuries were reported, although the windows of nearby buildings were smashed by the blast.

Meanwhile, the government's Islamic Republic News Agency has reported that the two men the regime had executed in Ahwaz City were responsible for the bomb attacks of 24 January (click here for report). However, reports from human rights organisations, including Amnesty International, indicate that they were arrested immediately following bomb attacks in October 2005 and had remained in custody.

On Wednesday evening, a Khuzestan TV programme broadcast "confessions" for recent bombings by a number of Ahwazis in custody, including Ali Monbohi, who has been in custody since 2000. The "confessions", which were read out by the accused, did not implicate any foreign government in the attacks.

Nasser Bani Assad, spokesman for the British Ahwazi Friendship Society, said: "The regime's inconsistency casts serious doubt on the veracity of its accusations against the Ahwazis currently in custody as well as its claims that the British were responsible - claims that have not been substantiated with any evidence. Despite arresting hundreds and killing scores of Ahwazi Arabs accused of terrorist acts, including pregnant women and children, the frequency of bomb attacks in Ahwaz is rising.

"If the international community ignores the plight of the Ahwazis, then many angry and impoverished Ahwazi Arabs are bound to look for solutions that are not peaceful. We have always stressed the need for non-violent resistance and international solidarity, but we fear that as state terrorism increase in Al-Ahwaz, more and more disillusioned and angry Ahwazi Arabs will seek methods that are not peaceful. For the sake of stability and peace in the Middle East, multi-lateral bodies must start addressing the Ahwazi issue or the situation will escalate further."