At least 15 dead in Iran suicide strike

Tehran: Two suicide bombers blew themselves up near a mosque in southeastern Iran today, killing at least 15 people at a Shiite mourning ceremony, Iranian media reported.

The attack took place outside the Imam Hussein Mosque in the port city of Chabahar, near the border with Pakistan, the official IRNA news agency said, quoting lawmaker Mohammad Yaghoub Jedgal.

The attack targeted a group of worshippers at a mourning ceremony a day before Ashoura, which commemorates the seventh century death of the Prophet Muhammad's grandson Hussein, one of Shiite Islam's most beloved saints.

The area of Iran is home to an armed Sunni militant group, Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, which has waged sporadic attacks to fight alleged discrimination against the area's Sunni minority in overwhelmingly Shiite Iran.

One of the attackers detonated a bomb outside the mosque and the other struck from inside a crowd of worshippers, state TV reported.

Mahmoud Mozaffar, a senior Iranian Red Crescent Society official, put the number of dead at 15 and said more than 50 people were injured, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Mozaffar was also quoted as saying that the Red Crescent had been put on alert over the past few days because of anonymous threats.

In July, twin blasts in the same province, Sistan-Baluchestan, killed at least 27 people. Jundallah said the attack was revenge for the execution of its leader, Abdulmalik Rigi, in June.

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