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August 4th, 2010
08:00 AM ET

Reports: Grenade lobbed at Iranian president's convoy


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran on June 28, 2010. (Getty Images/File)

By Reza Sayah, CNN

(CNN) – A grenade exploded near the convoy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during his visit to a western Iranian city Wednesday, according to Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency and other outlets.

Ahmadinejad was unhurt, the reports said. However, the media department at Iran's Presidential Office denied he came under attack. Despite the denial, there was an account about the incident on Raja news, Ahmadinejad's official Web site. Watch Video

The site reported there had been a grenade attack and quoted from the Fars News account. Someone lobbed a homemade grenade just after the president's motorcade went by, Fars reported.

The suspect was arrested, according to both reports.

The grenade exploded during the president's visit to Hamedan, reported parlemannews.com.

The account was also carried by the conservative website Khabar Online.

The presidential convoy was headed from the airport to the city's sports stadium.

The reports also said that Ahmadinejad warned on Tuesday that "Zionists" were plotting to kill him. Iran uses the word "Zionists" to refer to Israel.

White House aides are aware of the conflicting reports, according to a senior U.S. administration official, and were seeking more information to sort out what happened.

CNN's Ed Henry contributed to this report


Filed under: Iran
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Shahryar

    I am an Iranian and ashamed of having Ahmadinejad as the president of Iran, to us (Iranians) he is just a comedian, don't take his words seriously.

    August 4, 2010 at 11:51 am |
  2. Lori

    Any news that the government of Iran puts out I do not believe. The Government of Iran doesn't bother with silly things like the truth they only invent the truth as they see it. The best thing the people of Iran could do for themselves is lose every member of the government that is currently in office and any religious figures who dictate law. Government by the people for the people, that's the way it's suppose to be not like they have it now where the government can execute you for anything they feel like. And, the American Hikers that have been held unjustly over there for more than a year now, It's all pretty disgusting so that is why if anything did happen to the Iranian president I wouldn't be bothered at all.

    August 4, 2010 at 11:41 am |
  3. nancy

    Darn, missed.

    August 4, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  4. TonyPeace

    oh, well maybe next time

    August 4, 2010 at 8:16 am |