TEHRAN, Dec. 19 (Xinhuanet) -- Iran on Monday confirmed that one of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's body guards was killed when a motorcade of the security team was ambushed in the southeast of the country but indirectly denied that it was an assassination attempt on the president.
Government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham said a group of "bandits" on Thursday in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan attacked a motorcade of the country's elite Revolutionary Guards Corps which was specially in charge of Ahmadinejad's security.
Elham also confirmed a previous report that one guard and alocal driver of the president's security team were killed and another guard wounded during the attack, which took place on the way to the Gulf coastal city Chahbahar from Saravan, a city nearly 300 km northeast of Tehran.
Two bandits were also killed during the exchange of fire in theattack and a following hunting operation by security forces, Elham added.
Hinting that the attackers were just aimed at the security team,the spokesman revealed no details about Ahmadinejad's whereabouts when the ambush took place.
The news was firstly reported on Saturday by Iran's semi-official newspaper the Islamic Republic Daily, which said that a leading motorcade with Ahmadinejad's security guards aboard was ambushed by bandits.
The government failed to offer timely information after the incident happened, which led to suspicion that the attackers were targeting Ahmadinejad.
Monday, December 19, 2005
Iranian political elite resort to political violence amongst themselves
Fellow bloggers and readers, Iran appears to be crumbling from within. Clerics have started to kill each other. The fools used political violence to destroy the reformist movement. Now they are using political violence against each other. Their decision to use the Revolutionary Guards against Reformists has come back to haunt them.
If these developments have started to take place in Iran, it is only a matter of time before their alliance with Syria becomes meaningless. A weak Iran ensures an even more isolated Syria. A Syria that is even more isolated than it is today ensures a defeated Syria. A defeated Syria ensures a peacefull and free Lebanon.