Associated France Press reported: Twelve people were killed and at least 202 wounded when an explosion ripped through a packed mosque in Iran's southern city of Shiraz during prayers by a prominent cleric, officials said on Sunday. Uncertainty surrounded the cause of Saturday evening's blast, which some officials insisted was an accident but others said could have been caused by a bomb.The massive explosion in the men's section of the mosque took place at around 9:00 pm (1630 GMT) during an evening prayer sermon by prominent local cleric Mohammad Anjavinejad, Iranian media reported. Twelve people were killed and 202 wounded, the governor of the local Fars province, whose name was given as Rezazadeh, told state television.
The Iranian regime as usual has blamed Iran’s opposition, the PMOI (People’s Mojahedin Of Iran) and the Bahaie groups to be the mastermind behind the blast. But according to Rezazadeh, "The incident could have happened as a result of negligence.
Prisoner hanged in Semnan (North of Iran)
The Iranian regime hanged a prisoner in the northern city of Semnan, the state-run news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday. The prisoner was only identified as P.P., aged 31. His execution was carried out at the local prison after the sentence was approved by the mullah’s Supreme Court, the news agency said.Semnan is the capital of Semnan Province in northern Iran with a population estimated at about 120,000.
Anti-government demonstration of 8,000 people in southern Iran
More than 8, 000 people of Manoujan (in Kerman province, southern Iran) demonstrated while shouting anti-government slogans. The demonstration was staged outside the governorate building to protest the mullahs’ regime’s plan for appending Manoujan to Hormuzgan province; the angry demonstrators threatened that if the plan were not dismissed, they would set ablaze the governorate building and would block the main road of Hormuzgan-Kerman. According to received reports, the suppressive State Security Forces have surrounded the areas and have threatened the demonstrators.
Iranian authorities have hanged two sunni men in the volatile south-eastern province of Sistan-va-Baluchistan, state media reported on Thursday. Both men, identified as Abdol-Qodus and Mohammad Yousef, were executed in a prison in the provincial capital Zahedan on Wednesday, said the website Tabnak, which is run by associates of the former Commandant of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Gen. Mohsen Rezai. They had been arrested on December 13 along with 11 other militants during armed clashes with security forces, the report said. Sistan-va-Baluchistan Province is home to Baluchis, a predominantly Sunni Muslim ethnic minority. Iran has witnessed escalating unrest since 2006 in areas populated by Baluchis, who complain of discriminatory and repressive policies by the theocratic regime. Since 2006, Iranian authorities have stepped up executions in the restive province in what many Baluchis believe is a response to a spate of attacks by dissidents on government and security officials.
Tire Company workers engaged with suppressive forces in Tehran
Saturday morning, the angry workers of Kian Tire Company of Tehran closed the main Tehran-Saveh highway and clashed with suppressive State security forces (SSF) and threw Molotov cocktails towards them. This demonstration has been going on since a few days ago in protest to not paying the workers’ salaries and suppression of the workers; the protesting workers set a big fire in front of the factory which could be seen from far away. Clerical regime fearing the spread of protests dispatched 1000 SSF agents to the place to suppress the workers, but resistant workers supported by the people and youth confronted the agents.