Reporting from Cairo — Iran denied media reports Wednesday that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's motorcade was attacked while traveling in the western city of Hamedan.
Discounting speculation that swept the country, Iran's Press TV said that "an informed source in Iran's presidential office has rejected as false the reports of grenade attack on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Some foreign news sources published reports that a grenade exploded near the motorcade of President Ahmadinejad."
Reuters had reported that the president's convoy was traveling from the airport to a sports stadium in Hamedan when a homemade bomb exploded, injuring several people. Ahmadinejad was reportedly not hurt. Reuters, quoting a source in the president's office, said one person had been arrested.
The Iranian conservative news agency Mehr said that "contrary to the negative atmosphere created by some Western media. . .eyewitnesses have stressed that a homemade repercussion bomb exploded far away" from the president's car. The agency added that smoke spread over the area and a number of people had been arrested.