Jerusalem (CNSNews.com) – Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused American and Israeli secret agents on Monday of carrying out weekend bombing attacks in Iraq that left scores of people dead and wounded in an attempt to influence upcoming Iraqi elections.
On Sunday, car bombs ripped through a funeral procession in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, killing 52 people and exploded at a main bus station in the Shiite city of Karbala, killing at least 14 people.
The attacks were the deadliest in Iraq since July. Officials had warned of the possibility of an increase in terrorist attacks by anti-Western insurgents in the run-up to the Jan. 30 elections in the country.
“No doubt, the Israeli and American spying services are behind these events and this is a plot aimed at keeping the Iraqi people busy so that they miss the chance [to participate in] elections,” Khamenei said, according to the official Iranian news agency IRNA.