29, 2009 – Iranian state media say gunmen have opened fire on one of
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's campaign offices, wounding three people.
The IRNA news agency says the shooting took place Friday in the
southeastern city of Zahedan, near the Pakistani border.
The head of the campaign office, Mohammad Zahed Sheikhi, told IRNA that
three men threatened people at the site before they opened fire. He said
two campaign workers and a child were injured.
He also said the three suspected gunmen were captured after being
Campaigning has been underway in Iran in preparation for a presidential
election on June 12. Mr. Ahmadinejad is seeking a second term and faces
Friday's shooting came a day after a suicide attack killed 19 people at
a Shi'ite mosque in Zahedan, the capital of Sistan-Baluchistan province.
Meanwhile, an Iranian presidential candidate says he is willing to
continue talks with international powers on Iran's nuclear program - a
sharp contrast to Mr. Ahmadinejad's position.
Moderate former Prime Minister Mir Hossein Mousavi says if elected he
will agree to talks with a group of six world powers that have sought
discussions on Iran's nuclear efforts. The group is made up of Germany
and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the United
States, Britain, China, France and Russia.
President Ahmadinejad recently rejected talks with the group.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.