At least 9 people were killed and many more more injured were killed by a bomb today in northwestern Iran, according to Iranian press reports. They were all spectators at a parade in remembrance of the Iran-Iraq war. Many of those killed and hurt were women and children.
The attack took place in the Kurdish-majority city of Mahabad in West Azerbaijan province. The governor there blamed the attacks on "Anti-Revolution agents have always carried out such brutal acts to take revenge on the people of Mahabad who are always in the scene." Translate anti-revolution agents to Kurdish seperatists and you have a pretty good idea on who the Iranian government thinks is behind the attacks. At least one group the PJAK, Kurdish initials for the Party of Free Life of Iranian Kurdistan, is known to operate int he Mahabad region, but no group has taken responsibility for the attack.