(www.ap.org) вЂ" No one was injured in a bombing that took place near the site of an explosion that killed 11 members of the elite Revolutionary Guards in southeastern Iran this week, the country's state-run news agency said on Saturday.
The official Islamic Republic News Agency said police and insurgents briefly clashed after the explosion at a school in Zahedan late Friday. No one was in the school at the time of the blast.
"The explosion left no casualties or injuries and didn't cause damages," Hasan Ali Nouri, governor of Zahedan.
Nouri had previously told the semiofficial Fars news agency that the blast was a "sound bomb explosion" вЂ" a device that creates a loud boom but that usually does not cause casualties.
Friday's blast came just hours after the funeral for the 11 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards who were killed in Wednesday's bombing, reports Trend.
A Sunni Muslim militant group called Jundallah, or God's Brigade, had claimed responsibility for the attack.
The blasts are a sharp flare-up of violence but the remote southeastern corner of Iran, near Pakistan and Afghanistan, has long been plagued by lawlessness. The area is a key crossing point for opium from Afghanistan and often sees clashes between police and drug gangs.
Jundallah, believed by some to have links to al-Qaida, has waged a low-level insurgency in the area and is led by Abdulmalak Rigi, a member of Iran's ethnic Baluchi minority, a community that is Sunni Muslim and also can be found in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Rigi has said his group is fighting for the rights of impoverished Sunnis under Iran's Shiite government.