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UPDATED: 10:13, October 26, 2005
Iranian military vows to guard bomb-hit southwestern region
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A top Iranian officer has vowed to adapt the country's elite militia troops to the task of guarding bomb-hit southwestern region of the country, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Tuesday.

"The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) is monitoring their (the bombers) activities and will not let them create insecurity in the border regions," Yahya Rahim Safavi, commander of the IRGC, was quoted as saying.

Safavi said the IRGC had begun "making the structural and strategic changes necessary to meet the new threats," stressing that the IRGC's duty was to "defend the Islamic Revolution, the country, and the nation against all foreign and domestic threats."

He defined recent fatal bombings in the southwestern province of Khuzestan as "conspiracies of the enemies of the Islamic Revolution and the occupiers of Iraq, who are determined to create tension in the southern sections of Iran."

On Oct. 15, two consecutive bombs exploded in Ahvaz, capital city of the oil-rich Khuzestan province bordering Iraq, killing six and injuring dozens.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and several top Iranian officials have voiced their suspicion that British agents in Iraq were involved in the explosions.

On June 12, four bombs exploded concurrently near public facilities in Ahvaz, killing eight people.

In mid-April, at least five people were killed in a wave of riots triggered by a forged letter which was said to be written by former Vice-President Mohammad Ali Abtahi to promote a coercive migration of ethnic Arabs in the province.

Iranian intelligence officials have said that foreign agents were behind the two incidents.

Source: Xinhua


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