December 17, 2005


Iran President's Bodyguard Dies in Ambush (Iran Focus, December 17, 2005)

One of the bodyguards of Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was killed and another wounded when an attempt to ambush the presidential motorcade was thwarted in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, according to a semi-official newspaper and local residents.

“At 6:50 pm on Thursday, the lead car in the presidential motorcade confronted armed bandits and trouble-makers on the Zabol-Saravan highway”, the semi-official Jomhouri Islami reported on Saturday.

“In the ensuing armed clash, the driver of the vehicle, who was an indigenous member of the security services, and one of the president’s bodyguards died, while another bodyguard was wounded”, the newspaper, which was founded by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, wrote.

Ahmadinejad traveled to the restive province, where ethnic Baluchis have been fighting for years for autonomy, on Wednesday and returned to Tehran on Friday afternoon. Tehran often refers to anti-government activists and political opponents of the Islamist regime as “bandits” and “trouble-makers”.

The newspaper report made no mention of Ahmadinejad’s whereabouts during the attack on his bodyguards’ vehicle, but Zabol residents reached by telephone said there were rumors in the town that the hard-line president himself was the target of the attack, which took place near Zabol.

He has more to fear from Ayatollah Khameini than from the Baluchi.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 17, 2005 9:16 AM

Must have been one of those Jeeeeews he wants to eliminate from the planet, I mean from the Middle East, I mean. . .

Posted by: obc at December 17, 2005 10:08 AM

That's assuming Ahmadinejad didn't set the thing up himself and had his own bodyguard offed in order to crack down on the province, a la Mr. H and the Reichstag back in 1933 (I'm a little reluctant to throw out this hypothesis, since it's the kind of semi-paranoid stuff the MoveOn types like to imagine the U.S. government does uder Bush all the time. But Mahmoud's recent remarks have shown he has a certain admiration for German history and depression-era political policies, so taking another page from the master's handbook wouldn't shock me at all).

Posted by: John at December 17, 2005 10:16 AM


Posted by: Tom at December 17, 2005 4:24 PM

Mr. President? General Galiteri is on the phone, somtehing about some island time-shares...

Posted by: Mikey at December 17, 2005 5:18 PM