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Volunteer Iranian bombers ask to go to Israel

world Updated: Dec 31, 2008 15:20 IST
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Volunteer Iranian bombers ask to go to Israel

Hard line Iranian student groups are asking the government to authorize volunteer suicide bombers to leave Iran and fight against Israel in response to the Israeli assault on the Gaza Strip.

The government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not yet responded to the call on Wednesday.

Hard line student groups and conservative clerics are signing up volunteers after Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, issued a religious decree on Sunday that said anyone killed while defending Palestinians in Gaza against Israeli attacks would be considered a martyr.

Iranian hard line groups have issued calls for suicide volunteers in the past but there is no record of any of them ever carrying out an attack.