Iran denies attack on Ahmadinejad

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Iran’s official news media scrambled Wednesday to deny that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been the target of an assassination attempt in the western Iranian city of Hamadan.

According to the Islamic republic’s government-run agencies, an explosion occurred because an excited “fan” of the country’s hardline leader had set off a firecracker. Foreign and less official Iranian media had said an explosive device had been thrown at the president’s convoy. Ahmadinejad was in the city to deliver a speech at a football stadium.

“No such attack happened,” declared the state-run Press TV, while the official IRNA news agency said the “firecracker did not hurt anyone, and did no damage.”

Al Alam, a state-run Arabic language TV channel, reported that the firecracker was set off to “cheer” the president.

As these denials emerged, the less official Iranian news outlets revised their earlier reports that the president had been attacked.

The conservative Iranian website khabaronline.ir removed its report that had said a grenade exploded as Ahmadinejad’s convoy headed from Hamadan’s airport to the speech venue.

The semi-official Fars news agency also removed a report that said a handmade grenade had been thrown at the path Ahmadinejad and his entourage had taken.

Ahmadinejad appeared unperturbed as he went ahead with his speech, making no mention of any assault or explosion, but striking hard against western demands that Iran roll back its nuclear activities.

“It will be one of your big mistakes if you think you, resorting to lies, hue and cry, are able to achieve something and we will give you any concession,” he said.

Bodyguards react after the sound of an explosion behind the entourage of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (C) as he is welcomed to Hamadan, 336 kilometres (209 miles) southwest of Tehran, August 4, 2010.

While there was no immediate claim of responsibility for an attack, Ahmadinejad has accumulated enemies in both conservative and reformist circles in Iran. He is opposed abroad by Iranian opposition groups, but also claimed this week that “Zionist” forces in Israel, which he has said should be “wiped off the map,” have targeted him.

The deleted khabaronline report had said Ahmadinejad’s car was about 100 metres away from the explosion, adding that it “caused a lot of smoke.”

The revised Fars report said the explosion was caused by a “homemade grenade,” but later said it was the result of a firecracker going off.

Foreign-based media reporting on the incident included a report from Reuters that cited a source in Ahmadinejad’s office.

“There was an attack this morning. Nothing happened to the president’s car. Investigations continue . . . to find out who was behind it,” Reuters quoted the source as saying.

Dubai-based Al Arabiya television said the attacker threw an explosive device at a car carrying journalists. It also said Iranian forces arrested the attacker.

Other Arab TV reports said an undetermined number of people had been wounded in the attack.

Ahmadinejad was addressing a group of Iranian expatriates in Tehran on Monday when he said the “stupid Zionists have hired mercenaries to assassinate me.”

Ahmadinejad regularly tours Iran to give speeches to grassroots supporters, but his overall popularity has been waning amid a faltering economy and increasingly tight sanctions imposed by the United Nations and various western governments, which suspect the Islamic republic is trying to build a nuclear bomb. Ahmadinejad was returned to power in June 2009 following a disputed election that prompted protests and an official clampdown on the opposition.

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9 responses to “Iran denies attack on Ahmadinejad”

  1. Tarie Al Fanarie Avatar
    Tarie Al Fanarie

    Gosh look at him he looks like the squirrells in my backyard. He looks dead anyway why bother killing him again..well he got lucky this time the next time around he won’t be so lucky.

  2. Now with h/a being exposed thru spies from within and the fact that there was an attempt to kill a/j, I bet you he will follow the footsteps of hasson: live in hiding and communicate using sign language, since he is afraid of youtube,facebook,twitter, and state of the art communication devices. May be hassoon and a/j will become roommates.

  3. tony ali Avatar

    dont kill him, theres worse than him i’m sure. ummmm does anyone notice he looks totally cross eyed in the picture?

  4. I remember when we had test and we had a teacher with crossed eyes, we could not cheat, he scared the heck out of us because we could not figure out where he’s looking or who he’s watching. now this dude, is smart, he’s very handsome with beautiful eyes but he’s pretending to have cross eyes to confuse his enemies. he did it right, they couldn’t put the bomb in the right place because they coudn’t figure out which way he’s going…. I tell you, he’s a handsome tricky fellow….. our politicians should learn from him….

  5. i thing the photographer who took the picture is really professinal he does really look in deep shock well lets hope next time will be better mr sejad

  6. Im sure the yalibnan staff photoshopped him to look cross eyed in that pic but realistcally he has beautiful $hit brown eyes.

    1. tony ali Avatar

      maria you really add color to this site. lol your foul mouth is why we get along.

      i bet you’re so fun in person with your sarcasm and direct approach.

      so you got a crush on ahmadinejad. i’m calling him right now. lol

  7. Chuck Lanka Avatar
    Chuck Lanka

    يارب تصيبه بعينه

  8. Tarie Al Fanarie Avatar
    Tarie Al Fanarie

    He looks like Dead Man Walking..

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