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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Bombs Rip Through Iran Oil Town

TEHRAN, Iran -- Bombs ripped through a bank and government building in the southern Iranian oil city of Ahvaz on Tuesday, killing eight people in a region that has seen intermittent bombings and rioting since April.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been due to visit the city on Tuesday, but his office said he canceled the trip on Monday night because of sandstorms that would have wrecked his hallmark walks through the streets.

Mansour Soltanzadeh, head of the Ahvaz medical school, said that eight people had been killed and 46 wounded in the two blasts that went off between 9:30 and 10 a.m. local time.

"Two of the wounded had to have their legs amputated. ... The legs of two teenage girls will most probably also need to be amputated in the Razi hospital because of deep burns," he said.

Mohammad Jafar Samari, governor of Ahvaz, dismissed the idea that the explosions could have targeted Ahmadinejad's visit.