In Iran, at least fifteen died in the attack on a Shiite place of worship in Shiraz

At least fifteen people were killed on Wednesday, October 26 in Shiraz, southern Iran, during an attack perpetrated on the main Shiite Muslim shrine in southern Iran and claimed by the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is accused in a statement “Enemies of Iran” who is watching “to divide the united ranks of the nation (…) from violence and terror “and promised a tough response from the security forces “to the sponsors and planners of this blind crime”.

The attack, one of the deadliest in Iran in recent years, was carried out “During the evening prayer” in the Shah-Tcheragh mausoleum, local governor Mohammad-Hadi Imanieh told state television.

The wounded assailant

According to him, the striker “Blindly shot at the faithful”in the sanctuary that houses the tomb of Ahmad, brother of Imam Reza, the eighth Shiite imam Twelver, whose burial is in Mashhad (Northeast).

“Only one terrorist was involved in this attack”the head of the local judicial authority, Kazem Moussavi, said on television that he reported“At least fifteen dead and nineteen injured”.

“A terrorist affiliated with takfiri groups arrested”explained the television. The term “takfiri” designates, in Iran and in several countries, radical jihadist or Sunni groups. The television said so “the security forces had injured the attacker”, who “Currently undergoing surgery in hospital”.

According to the Amaq agency, one of the propaganda organs of the IS, a member of the Sunni jihadist group opened fire on the faithful in the Shah-Tcheragh shrine. “Kill at least twenty Shiites and injure dozens more”.

A witness told the official Iranian agency IRNA that he “heard cries of women at the time of the call to evening prayer”adding it “the attacker entered and shot the sanctuary”.

State media footage shows a bloodbath and several bodies covered in sheets. In particular, the IRNA agency broadcast images of a child on a stretcher and the blurry photo of a woman lying on the ground and holding a child in her arms next to a man leaning against a wall, with obvious signs of blood. .

Second fatal attack in 2022

The attack came when Iran was hit for nearly six weeks by a wave of protests triggered by the September 16 death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who died three days after her arrest by the police. morality in Tehran; the country had not seen a dispute of this magnitude for three years.

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This is the second deadly attack perpetrated in 2022 against a Shiite place of worship in Iran, a country of about 83 million inhabitants, where Shiism has been the state religion since the 16th century.And century.

In early April, a native “Uzbek” The 21-year-old stabbed two Shia clerics to death and wounded a third in the courtyard of the shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad, a famous shrine. Accused of moharebeh (to be “enemy of God” in Persian), the attacker was hanged on June 7 in the same city, according to the judicial authorities.

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