Iran General NewsBlast outside British Petroleum offices in Iran capital

Blast outside British Petroleum offices in Iran capital

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Iran Focus: Tehran, Iran, Nov. 02 – A home-made bomb exploded outside the offices of British Petroleum (BP) and British Airways (BA) in the Iranian capital, while a senior Iranian official told a state-run news agency that the bombs might be a response to “the anti-Iranian stance taken by some countries”, fuelling speculation that Iran’s ruling hard-liners were behind the blast.
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Tehran, Iran, Nov. 02 – A home-made bomb exploded outside the offices of British Petroleum (BP) and British Airways (BA) in the Iranian capital, while a senior Iranian official told a state-run news agency that the bombs might be a response to “the anti-Iranian stance taken by some countries”, fuelling speculation that Iran’s ruling hard-liners were behind the blast.

The blast comes less than 24 hours after a state-organised Islamist student body warned the British government to stop its “evil mischief before the fires of the Muslim nation burn you”.

On August 2, a similar explosion damaged the offices of BA and BP at the same location.

Police said the bomb caused minor damage. There were no injuries in the blast though several windows were shattered on the tenth floor of the Sayeh Tower which houses the British offices.

There have been growing tensions between Tehran and London since the ascendance of hard-line Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the break-up of nuclear talks between the trio of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom on the one hand and the Islamic Republic on the other over the latter’s suspected nuclear weapons activities.

Britain supported a resolution adopted by the Security Council which condemned remarks by the Iranian president threatening the destruction of the state of Israel.

The diplomatic spat has also widened after London accused Tehran of backing insurgents in Iraq and providing them with bombs that led to the death of at least seven British troops in southern Iraq.

Tehran retaliated by claiming that Britain was behind a recent spate of bombings in the south-western Iranian city of Ahwaz.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, will meet on November 24 to decide whether to send Iran to the Security Council over its threats to resume uranium enrichment, a key process leading to the development of a nuclear bomb.

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