Iran Denies Reports of Attack on Ahmadinejad

Pat McMahon Contributor
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TEHRAN — Iran vigorously denied reports on Wednesday that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had been the target of a grenade attack. Other Iranian accounts said a firecracker had been thrown at a presidential motorcade some distance from Mr. Ahmadinejad, who was unhurt.

Press TV, the state-run satellite broadcaster, quoted an unidentified “informed source” in the presidential office as saying the reports were false.

“Some foreign news sources published reports that a grenade exploded near the motorcade of President Ahmadinejad during his visit to the western city of Hamedan on Wednesday,” Press TV said. “The source denied the allegation, saying no such attack had happened.”

ISNA, the Iranian Students News Agency, said a firecracker went off while Mr. Ahmadinejad “was being welcomed” in the city, causing no injuries.

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