US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has condemned the twin deadly explosions in the southeastern Iranian city of Zahedan in which more than 20 people were killed and over 100 others were injured.
Clinton censured the “horrific attack” in a late Thursday statement following the blasts outside the city’s Grand Mosque in Sistan-Baluchestan Province, AFP reported.
“I condemn in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attacks claimed by Jundallah that targeted Iranians at a mosque in the Sistan-Baluchestan Province of Iran,” she said making a reference to the Jundallah terrorist group that has carried out many terror attacks in the country.
The top US diplomat also expressed condolences to the relatives of the victims.
“This attack, along with the recent attacks in Uganda, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Algeria, underscores the global community’s need to work together to combat terrorist organizations that threaten the lives of innocent civilians all around the world,” Clinton added.
This comes after the Iranian Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi described the Thursday night incident as a “terrorist act.”
Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of Jundallah terrorist group, who was executed last month, had confessed that the US administration had assured him of unlimited military aid and funding for waging an insurgency against the Islamic Republic of Iran.
However, after his execution, the terrorist group was effectively disbanded and experts say that the group is highly unlikely to have carried out the latest blasts.
It is widely believed that hardline Wahabis and Salafis trained by the CIA in Pakistan are the main suspects behind the bombings.