Iran closes border crossing with Iraq after deadly bombings 2009-04-25 17:06:45   Print

Special Report: Tension escalates in Iraq

    TEHRAN, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran has closed a border crossing with Iraq after at least 78 Iranian pilgrims were killed in recent deadly bombing attacks in the neighboring country, state radio reported Saturday.

    The Khosravi border crossing, located in Iran's western province of Kermanshah, has been closed for Iranians until further notice, the report said.

    But Iran's media did not reveal whether other border crossings with Iraq were also closed.

    Iran's English daily Tehran Times reported on Saturday that at least 78 Iranian pilgrims were killed in the bloody suicide attacks in Iraq on Thursday and Friday.

    Mohsen Hakim, the representative of the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq in Iran, blamed al-Qaida and the remnants of Saddam Hussein's Baath regime for the terror acts, Tehran Times said.

    Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi on Friday condemned the "terrorist attacks" in Iraq and said they had been carried out by "enemies of Tehran-Baghdad relations."

    "Some people intend to weaken historical, deep-rooted, and growing ties between the two nations of Iran and Iraq and the continuation of insecurity in Iraq would justify illegitimate presence of aliens in the region," Qashqavi was quoted by state media as saying.

Iran's supreme leader blames U.S. for deadly bombings in Iraq

    TEHRAN, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the United States for the recent deadly bombing attacks in Iraq that killed at least 78 Iranian pilgrims, Iran's English-language satellite channel Press TV reported on Saturday. Full story

Suicide bombings kill 76, top al-Qaida militant captured in Iraq

    BAGHDAD, April 23 (Xinhua) -- Iraq was rocked by two suicide bombings which killed 76 people and wounded some 120 others on Thursday as the security forces announced the capture of a suspected top leader of al-Qaida in Iraq network.

    The most deadly attack occurred near the town of Maqdadiyah, some 100 km northeast of Baghdad, in the volatile province of Diyala, when a suicide bomber struck Iranian Shiite pilgrims inside a restaurant during lunch time. Full story 

Residents gather at the site of a suicide bombing in Baghdad April 23, 2009. A suicide bomber wearing a vest stuffed with explosives blew himself up in a group of police distributing relief supplies in Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 50, Iraqi police said.
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U.S. military official loosens tone on withdrawal deadline for Iraq

    WASHINGTON, April 14 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. troops may remain in a Iraq city with instable security situation after June 30, 2010 if they are requested by the Iraqi government, said a U.S. military official on Tuesday. Full story

News Analysis: New wave of deadly bombings shadowing Iraq's stability

    BAGHDAD, April 12 (Xinhua) -- A new wave of deadly bombings struck Iraqi cities recently raising fears that the war-torn country could again go back to earlier stages of chaos and bloodshed. Full story

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