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Attack Against Iran Poses Threat to Region – Paper

The official newspaper Al-Thawra strongly condemned the recent bomb attack in south-eastern Iran and warned against the destabilisation of the Islamic Republic in its October 19 edition.

The attack killed at least 42 people, including commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a gathering. The Sunni rebel group Jundallah has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Asaad Aboud, the daily’s editor-in-chief, wrote that the incident constituted a serious threat to the country, which, he said, was pivotal for the stability of Asia and the Middle East.

He stressed that all nations, including those that have differences with Iran, must be aware of the importance of maintaining security in the Islamic Republic as a guarantee for the entire region.

The columnist said that Iran had overcome other challenges in the past, mainly the riots that followed the presidential elections in June, which, he said, were instigated by western powers.

Although Iran was not “fearful” of the aftermath of the attack, the challenge remained “substantial”, he added.