10 killed and dozens injured in a bomb blast at Mahabad in North-West Iran; US and other western nations stage walkout during Ahmadinejad's remarks on 9/11; United States denounces Ahmadinejad's 9/11 remarks by calling it “abhorrent and delusional”;
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  • A powerful bomb blast took place near a military parade in the northwestern Iranian city of Mahabad, killing about 10 people and injuring 20 people. The incident occurred near the place where a military parade was being held. West Azarbaijan Governor Vahid Jalalzadeh told that all the victims were women and children. He also added that four of the injured are in critical condition. The parade was held to mark the Sacred Defense Week. However, none of the military personnel were killed in the terror attack, he added.1

    The US and other western delegations at the 65th UN General Assembly staged walkout in protest against the remarks of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on 9/11, 2001 attacks. In speech at UNGA summit, Ahmadinejad had said that some saw the 11 September attacks on the US as part of a US conspiracy to protect Israel. The United States denounced his remarks on the 2001 attacks, which killed nearly 3,000 people, as ‘abhorrent and delusional.’2

    Meanwhile in a continued war of words between Iran and the United States, Iran’s parliament speaker Ali Larijani called US President Barack Obama an ‘international villain’ since Obama had said that the United States supports the Iranian people’s democratic aspirations. Larijani also added that “the Americans are displaying an act that deserves an international evilness medal... Obama should know that we do not need his message, what we need is to be able to trust the words he utters.”3