Tehran hanging

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Tehran newspapers reported yesterday that a man arrested 45 days ago and charged with attempting to place a bomb in a Sunni mosque in Zahedan, the capital city of the Sunni-dominated Eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, was publicly hanged on Saturday, writes Safa Haeri.

Many analysts believe that recent explosions have been part of a bitter power struggle between President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has emerged as the regime's new strongman.