Bomb Defused on Iranian Airliner

By Amelia Atlas,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2009 5:38 AM CDT
Bomb Defused on Iranian Airliner
An Iranian police officer and other people search through debris at the scene of a bomb explosion in a mosque last month in Shiraz.   (AP photo)

A home-made bomb found aboard an Iranian airliner was defused after an emergency landing, reports the BBC. Plainclothes security guards discovered the bomb in a bathroom of the plane shortly after take-off from Ahvaz, an oil-rich area along the Iraq border marked by unrest among minorities. The incident signals rising tension as presidential elections approach and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory is not assured.
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