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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Iran Mourns Victims

TEHRAN -- Iran observed a day of national mourning Tuesday for the victims of a bomb blast that tore through its holiest Shi'ite Moslem shrine, killing at least 25 worshippers and wounding 70. One Tehran newspaper blamed the Monday bombing at the Imam Reza mausoleum in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Western support for the Iraq-based Mujahideen Khalq group. Another newspaper hinted at the involvement of the Sunni Moslem Wahhabi sect, active in Pakistan. The official Islamic Republic News Agency initially reported 70 dead and 114 wounded, which would have made it the worst terrorist attack in Iran in 13 years. But it said later those figures were based on accounts from witnesses and an unidentified Interior Ministry official had announced the lower toll.