Incident Summary:

01/24/2006: A bomb exploded on Kianpars Street inside Saman Bank in Ahvaz, Khuzestan Province, Iran, killing at least nine people and wounding 15 others. There was presumably property damage as well, though the extent of it was not reported. This attack seems to be related to another bomb attack in another location that occurred simultaneously. A group called The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz claimed responsibility for the blasts.




Middle East & North Africa

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The incident occurred on Kianpars Street in Ahvaz.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Bombing/Explosion
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Saman Bank Corp
Specific Description A branch of Saman Bank
Nationality of Target Iran
Additional Information
Hostages No
Ransom No
Property Damage Yes
Extent of Property Damage Unknown
Value of Property Damage Unknown
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Explosives Unknown Explosive Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?Yes
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Al-Ahwaz Arab People's Democratic Front Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Unknown)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 9 Fatalities / 15 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 9
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 15
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
“Ahvaz Bomb Blasts Kill 9 People, Wound 45; Politicians React,” Mehr News Agency, January 24, 2006.
“German EU Presidency Criticizes Iran’s Execution of 4 Arabs,” Associated Press Worldstream, February 1, 2007.
Usamah Mahdi, “Ahvazi Arab Party Threatens More Attacks on Iranian Establishments, Interests,” Ilaf, January 25, 2006.