By: Mir M.Hosseini
Ayatollah Khamenei was seriously injured after a bomb inside a tape recorder went off in Abuzar Mosque in Tehran on June, 27, 1981.
In the midst of the Iran–Iraq War, the MKO terrorist group started armed attacks around the country and plotted bombs to create fear among civilians. On June, 23 a bomb exploded in Qom railway station killing seven people and wounding more than 50 passengers. The following day, a bomb plot near a school in Tehran was discovered and deactivated.
On June, 26 mid-term Majlis elections were held around Iran. Ayatollah Khamenei, who leaded the Friday prayer sermons in Tehran, criticized ex-president Banisadr who was dismissed on June, 22 for siding with MKO. Ayatollah Khamenei was himself one of the next targets of serial assassination attempts against leaders of the Islamic Republic. Fortunately, the bomb plotted in the tape recorder did not function well and he did not lose his life although his arm became permanently dysfunctional. MKO never accepted responsibility for the plot. There was a note from the Forghan group which was actually dissolved a year before and they supposedly had no operating team in Iran at that time.
On the same day, a bomb exploded in Enghelab Square and a bomb was detected at the Valiasr-Taleghani intersection which was deactivated.
The next day, on June, 28, 1981 a very strong bomb exploded at the headquarters of the Islamic Republic Party in Tehran killing Ayatollah Beheshti and 72 of top Iranian officials. The plotter was a MKO member. The ousted terrorist group knowingly wanted to eliminate masterminds of the Islamic Republic and destabilize the country which was at war. Unfortunately, some young people did not know what was behind the beautiful slogans of this heinous group and fell prey to them. Some of them ended up in camps in Iraq, still leading low life acting against their nation.
Ayatollah Khamenei played a very important role as Imam Khomeini's representative during the Iran–Iraq War. He was appointed as Supreme Leader after Imam Khomeini passed away on June, 4, 1989.