The Michigan Daily-WednesdQy, July 23, 1989-Page 7
2 post offices
By United Press International
Puerto Rican terrorists, condemning
the "Yankee" draft registration,
blasted two post offices with bombs
yesterday, hours before 19- and 20-year-
old youths began signing up across the
nation for the second day.
The bombs exploded at 2 a.m. EDT at
a post office in downtown San Juan and
in the suburb of Rio Piedras. No in-
juries were reported.
ELSEWHERE around the nation
demonstrationswere mild-with no en-
core of Monday's sometimes violent
protests that saw dozens arrested at
post offices from coast to coast.
A spokesman for the Selective Ser-
vice System predicted that 98- per cent
of the four million eligible men would
register for the draft.
"I think the 19- and 20-year-olds are
responsible adults, said Brayton Harris
in Washington. "They know they have
to register even if they are not thrilled
"IT'S GOING very well," he said.
"We expect 98 per cent will register.
That's based on our Vietnam experien-
ce. We don't have anything else to go
Following the Puerto Rican blasts,
two other bombs were found and
dismantled, one in San Juan's financial
district, and the other outside the city.
"The Revolutionary Commandos of
the People" delivered a letter to UPI
claiming responsibilty for the ex-
plosions and said it had carried nearly a
dozen bombings since October 1977.
"We, the Revolutionary Commandos
of the People, tske responsibility for the
action this dawn against the post of-
fices," the letter said. "This is an
operation of denunciation against the
imposition of obligatory military
registration on the part of the Yankee
.Post office officials across the coun-
try reported a slow but steady trickle of
young men registering yesterday.
IRANIAN PRESIDENT ABOLHASSAN Bani-Sadr (left) takes the oath of
office in a special session of the Iranian Parliament in Tehran yesterday.
Attending the ceremony is the head of the Supreme Court and leader of the
Islamic Republican Party, Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti.
BantiiSadr takes oath
of oifficel; Iranian
activist shot, in U.S.
"One who stands among the truly distinguished
masters of his instrument. PP
- The New Yorker
By The Associated Press
President Abolhassan Bani-Sadr,
pledging devotion to God and country,
took his formal oath of office yesterday
before the new Iranian Parliament as
the lawmakers settled in for business
under an agenda expected to eventually
include the question of what to do with
52 captive Americans.
The next major step for the
Parliament is appointment of a prime
minister. Bani-Sadr is expected to
nominate his choice for the job today.
HE SUGGESTED the son of
Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini be nam-
ed prime minister, but the elderly
revolutionary leader rejected the idea,
Tehran Radio reported.
Iran's political violence apparently
reached out to the United States
Tuesday when an Iranian activist op-
posed to Tehran's revolutionary regime
was shot and killed at his suburban
Washington home by a man police said
was dressed as a postman.
The victim was identified as Ali Ak-
bar Tabatabai, 49, president of the Iran
Freedom Foundation based in his
Bethesda, Md., home. The group,
believed to have been formed about a
year ago following the overthrow of
Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, sup-
ports a democratic government in Iran
and had scheduled a march Sunday in
Washington -to protest Khomeini's
regime and the holding of American
hostages in Tehran.
TABATABAI WAS press attache at
the Iranian Embassy in Washington
during the shah's regime.
New hostilities flared on Iran's
The official Iranian news media
reported Iraqi artillerymen scored a
direct hit on an Iranian oil well at Naft-
Shahr,touching off a well fire that was
raging on hours later. In the same area,
a land mine believed planted by "Iraqi
mercenaries" exploded when a bus
passed over it, killing five of the
Iranians inside and wounding at least 15
others, the official Pars news agency
TEHRAN RADIO reported yesterday
from Kermanshah, 50 miles from the
Iraqi border, that several Iranian fron-
tier villages also had come under ar-
tillery attack by Iraqi forces during the
previous 24 hours. Iranian regular and
revolutionary troops returned the fire
and "heavy casualties were inflicted on
the enemy forces," according to the
Farther north, near the town of
Baneh in West Azerbaijan, Kurdish
guerrillas ambushed and killed eight
revolutionary guards and wounded 13
others, Pars said. The agency added
scores of the Kurdish insurgents were
killed or wounded in the ensuing seven-
During a mopping up operation by
pro-Khomeini Kurdish irregulars along
the Sanandaj-Marivan road on Monday
"a large number" of anti-Khomeini
guerrillas were killed, according to
Tehran Radio.Three Khomeini suppor-
ters were reported killed in the
Iranian-Iraqi political disputes and
tensions over rival territorial claims
erupted into sporadic border clashes
earlier this year. Arab Iranian
dissidents also have been waging a war
of sabotage and bombings in an effort to
win greater local autonomy for Arab-
populated southwest Iran.
In Kurdistan, insurgents have been
fighting on and off for months against
Khomeini's revolutionary regime.
Yesterday was the 262nd day of cap-
tivity for the American hostages.
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