Iran’s deputy interior minister in charge of security says the main elements behind the Zahedan attack have been certainly trained and equipped from outside the country.
On Thursday, two bombs were detonated in quick succession in front of the Zahedan Grand Mosque in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 270 others were injured in the incident.
“It is certain that the main elements behind such terrorist attacks have been trained, financed and equipped form beyond the borders,” IRNA quoted Ali Abdollahi as saying on Friday.
The Iranian official further added that the Islamic Republic would firmly deal with those behind the explosions in due time.
Yadollah Javani, head of the political bureau of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), implicated “the US, Israel and some European countries” in the bombings, saying that they are seeking division between Shia and Sunni Muslims in order to create chaos in Iran.
The terrorist Jundallah group has claimed responsibility for the attack but analysts say the group is unlikely to have carried out the explosions since it was effectively disbanded after its leader Abdolmalek Rigi was executed in Iran last month.
Extremist Wahhabis and Salafis trained by US intelligence agents in Pakistan are believed to have carried out the bombings.