Iran's Ahmadinejad survives 'assassination attempt'

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  1. BBC News - Iran's Ahmadinejad survives 'assassination attempt'

    Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has survived an attack on his convoy in western Iran, media reports from the region say.

    The reports say the blast took place in the city of Hamedan where the president had gone to deliver a speech.

    Mr Ahmadinejad was unhurt and went ahead as planned with his speech, which was broadcast live on state TV.

    According to Arab TV reports, a number of people were wounded in the attack.

    ....wait for the conspiracies to start circulating: CIA, MI6? :)
  2. msr

    msr LE

    What a shame.
  3. By the time the bomber shouted "Death to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad!" the convoy had moved on 100 metres.
  4. seaweed

    seaweed LE Book Reviewer

    Drat. and double drat.
  5. This does not bode well for the Iranian people and especially not for the Mayor and Police Chief of Hamedan.
  6. There will be some hardcore reprecussions over this. Any opposition party members will be under even more scrunity from the State. Given the amount of IED technology Iran pushed over to Iraq it is suprising that they either didn't use an IED or, if they did, why it wasn't successful.
    Whilst it is all very well and good getting rid of Ahmadinejad is there any evidence that the regime would topple once he had been off'd? It could cause a major power vacuum and lead to civil war between the traditional Muslims in the countryside and the modern, progressive, urban Muslims who want to drag Iran out of political isolation.
  7. Assuming it happened. This could easily be some pile of cock to justify a 'crackdown' on 'un-Iranian elements'.
  8. Inside job by the IRGC to justify crackdown on subversive elements. They did the same with the low ranking nuclear scientist that got blown up recently.
  9. I think the mobile hanging-crane will be getting a good airing for this. :)
  10. Now being reported as a firecracker, not a grenade. I think if it was a serious attempt, it would have been reported as a nuclear attack on a defenceless old man.:)
  11. OldSnowy

    OldSnowy LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    It will be interesting (to say the least) to see what happens there over the next couple of years. There appears to already be a split similar to that in Thailand, with the rural poor supporting the Islamist/Theocratic government, and the urban middle classes wanting to see more democracy - or at least be given a bit more freedom. Add this to the regional tensions - Arabs, Baluchis, Kurds, Pathans - and you get a dangerous mix.

    Personally, I blame the evil CFSM (Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster), who are obviously using their elite Spaghetti Assasins to punish Mr Dinnerjacket for his disrespect of the Psychic Octopus.

    All Hail His Noodly Appendages!
  12. A few more plane crashes attributed to Mossad on the way as well.
  13. Darned pity about old Dinnerjacket. Pity he wasn't spread about the place in a thousand pieces!
  14. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    My thoughts exactly.
  15. Bollocks, missed.