Accusing US of Backing Terror Group, Ahmadinejad Says He Will File Int’l Complaint Over Bombing

July 19, 2010 - 2:18 AM
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday Iran will file a complaint to international bodies over the deadly mosque bombing by an insurgent group he says the U.S. supports.
IRGC members pray in Tehran

A lieutenant colonel of the Revolutionary Guard attends Friday prayers with colleagues in Tehran on Friday, July 16, 2010. A Sunni insurgent group said it carried out a double suicide bombing against a Shiite mosque in southeast Iran to avenge the execution of its leader, and Iranian authorities said the death toll included members of the Revolutionary Guard. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Tehran (AP) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Sunday Iran will file a complaint to international bodies over the deadly mosque bombing by an insurgent group he says the U.S. supports.

The twin suicide bombings of a mosque in southeast Iran killed 28 people Thursday night, in an attack claimed by the Jundallah insurgent group as revenge for the execution of its leader by Iranian authorities in June.

Ahmadinejad did not specify if the complaint would be specifically against the U.S., but he did tell state TV that America supported the bombings.

"If (President Barack) Obama is not aware of actions by American forces, we tell him that American troops based in Afghanistan and Pakistan support these actions," he said referring to the bombings. "Yet, the American president sends a condolence message."

Obama and other U.S. officials condemned the bombings.

Ahmadinejad also held Pakistan responsible for allegedly harboring terrorists, saying Islamabad "must be answerable."

Iran accuses the United States and Britain of supporting Jundallah in effort to weaken the clerical leadership, a claim both countries deny.