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Suicide bomber rocks Khomeini's shrine in Iran.

Summary: A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up at the shrine of Iran's revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing himself and wounding two pilgrims, Fars news agency

A suicide bomber on Saturday blew himself up at the shrine of Iran's revolutionary founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran, killing himself and wounding two pilgrims, Fars news agency reported, as defeated candidate Mir Hussein Mousavi called for election annulment.

"A suicide bomber was killed at the northern wing of Imam Khomeini's shrine. Two people were injured," Fars reported without giving further details. Iran's deputy police chief for operations, Hossein Sajedinia said the bomber detonated his explosive vest and that the blast caused damage in the one section of the shrine.

Meanwhile, Iran's defeated candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi insisted the June presidential election should be annulled in a speech to a crowd of his supporters in Tehran on Saturday.

"These irritating measures (election rigging) were planned months ahead of the vote...considering all the violations...the election should be annulled," Mousavi sai

He added as he spoke to the crowd that he was ready to continue the fight until "martyrdom."

Recount

Earlier on Saturday one of the organizers of a mass rally in Tehran backed down on after authorities threatened a harsh response as Iran's electoral watchdog the Guardians Council expressed readiness to "randomly" recount up to 10 percent of ballot boxes from last week's disputed presidential election.

The Guardians Council made its partial recount offer after meeting to study the 646 alleged poll violations registered by the three defeated candidates -- former parliament speaker Karroubi, former Prime Minister Mousavi and ex-Revolutionary Guards chief Mohsen Rezai.

Warnings

Earlier Iran's security council warned Mousavi he would be held responsible for consequences of "illegal" rallies, the ISNA agency reported on Saturday.

"Your national duty tells you to refrain from provoking illegal gatherings," council head Abbas Mohtaj, who is also deputy interior minister, said in a letter to Mousavi.

"Should you provoke and call for these illegal rallies you will be responsible for the consequences," he said.

Mohtaj also dismissed Mousavi's allegations on "the police vandalizing people's property."

In demanding an end to protests, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei warned that otherwise there could be further bloodshed.

Siding with Ahmadinejad in his first public appearance since the vote, Khamenei ruled out major fraud in the poll.

"The people have chosen whom they wanted," Khamenei said in a prayer sermon on Friday, referring to Ahmadinejad.

"I see some people more suitable for serving the country than others but the people made their choice," he said to cheers from tens of thousands of faithful, who included Ahmadinejad.

Defiance

Mousavi and his supporters have defied authorities and held several massive marches to protest against presidential poll results in Tehran following the announcement of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's re-election.

On Wednesday he wrote an open letter to the council, demanding that vigilantes and unidentified plainclothes agents among the police are stopped from attacking demonstrators and destroying private property and cars.

Late on Friday, witnesses reported that many members of the hard-line Basij militia had deployed in Tehran streets, for the first time in full uniform and helmets, carrying clubs and some of them Kalashnikov rifles.

Amnesty International said on Friday it had information of at least 15 deaths.

Iran's capital has been rocked by daily demonstrations since the disputed re-election of President Ahmadinejad on June 12 drew claims from his leading rival, former premier Mousavi, of massive vote fraud.

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