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Bomber kills self at shrine in Tehran

A SUICIDE bomber blew himself up near the shrine of Iran's revolutionary founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, in Tehran yesterday, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

"A few minutes ago a suicide bomber blew himself up at the shrine," Mehr quoted a police official, Hossein Sajedinia, as saying.

Two other people were wounded in the incident in the northern wing of the shrine, another news agency, Fars, said.

Iran's English-language Press TV also said police used tear gas to disperse demonstrators at Tehran's Enghelab square.

Also yesterday, Iran's highest legislative body said it was ready to recount a tenth of the votes in a disputed presidential election and riot police were deployed in force to foil another planned protest rally in Tehran.

A police commander said that his forces would deal firmly with any further street protests over the vote.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told protest leaders on Friday that they would be responsible for any bloodshed if rallies continued against the election, which he said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had won fairly by 11 million votes.

The Etemad-e Melli party of losing candidate Mehdi Karoubi said plans for a 4pm rally had been scrapped for lack of a permit.

"Because of not obtaining permission, the rally today has been cancelled," a party spokesman said.

Election runner-up Mirhossein Mousavi has demanded the election be annulled and held again.

The 12-man Guardian Council, which must certify the result of the election, announced plans for a partial recount.

"Although the Guardian Council is not legally obliged ... we are ready to recount 10 percent of the (ballot) boxes randomly in the presence of representatives of the three (defeated) candidates," a council spokesman said yesterday.


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