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Mosque bombers hired by US: Iran official

A top Iranian official today accused the United States of hiring the bombers who carried out a devastating attack on a Shiite mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan, Fars news agency said.

world Updated: May 29, 2009 14:12 IST

A top Iranian official today accused the United States of hiring the bombers who carried out a devastating attack on a Shiite mosque in the southeastern city of Zahedan, Fars news agency said.

"Three people involved with the terrorist incident were arrested," Jalal Sayah, deputy provincial governor of Sistan-Baluchistan province, told the agency.

"According to the information obtained they were hired by America and the agents of the arrogance."

The suicide attack during Thursday evening prayers at the Shiite Amir al-Momenin mosque in Zahedan, the restive capital of Sistan-Baluchistan, killed 23 people and wounded 125 others, Iranian officials said.