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Iran President Survives Grenade Attack

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    Iran President Survives Grenade Attack

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has survived a grenade attack on his convoy.

    A number of reports said an attacker threw a homemade bomb at Mr Ahmadinejad's convoy - but Iranian state TV denied it had even happened.

    Later, the country's official news agency IRNA said the blast was from a firecracker set off by an "excited fan".

    A man was apparently arrested after the incident, in which a number of onlookers were believed to have been injured.

    The explosion happened in the western Iranian town of Hamedan as Mr Ahmadinejad was on his way to address a crowd.

    His car was said to have been about 100 yards away from the site of the blast.

    Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV quoted a source as saying the bomb had hit a car carrying journalists and presidential staff.

    The president later gave his speech as planned and it was broadcast live on national TV.

    He made no mention of the attack in his remarks, focusing instead on the country's disputed nuclear programme.

    Instead, he struck a hard line against Western demands that Iran halt its nuclear activities.

    The US and its allies accuse Iran of trying to develop atomic weapons, but Tehran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes.

    "It will be one of your big mistakes if you think you, resorting to lies and hue and cry, are able to achieve something and we will give you any concession," Mr Ahmadinejad told the crowd.

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