Final yr’s assault, for which two individuals convicted of being linked with ISIL have been executed, left 13 lifeless and 40 injured.
Tehran, Iran – A holy shrine in Iran’s southern metropolis of Shiraz has come below a second lethal assault in lower than a yr with gunmen breaking into its grounds and opening fireplace.
Particulars have but to be confirmed, however officers and state-linked media stated two individuals entered the Shah Cheragh shrine by way of its southern gate on Sunday at 7pm (15:30 GMT) and began taking pictures at safety employees and worshippers, killing not less than one particular person and wounding a number of others.
Yadollah Bouali, the provincial commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), informed state tv one shooter was arrested on the scene with an assault rifle and eight magazines filled with ammunition. The second gunman fled the scene.
Movies on-line confirmed individuals working in panic exterior the shrine and shutting down their outlets. Photos confirmed bullet holes in partitions and eyeglasses and blood on the bottom.
The shrine, situated within the province of Fars and one of the vital vital in Shia Islam, was hit by an analogous assault on October 26, 2022.
On the time, a lone gunman entered the shrine with an automated rifle, taking pictures a bunch of pilgrims and employees. Authorities stated the gunman killed 13 individuals and injured 40 others earlier than being killed by safety forces.
The ISIL (ISIS) armed group launched a video by way of its Amaq web site and took accountability for the assault.
The group was additionally answerable for coordinated 2017 assaults on the Iranian parliament and the mausoleum of former Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran.
In early June, Iran executed two males stated to have been in touch with ISIL operatives in neighbouring Afghanistan who supplied the gunman with the rifle and took him to the location of the taking pictures.
Three extra males have been additionally tried and given jail sentences starting from 5 to 25 years for working with the armed group.
Final yr’s assault on the shrine additionally got here as Iran was rocked by nationwide protests that began in September 2022 following the loss of life in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for alleged noncompliance with the nation’s obligatory costume code for girls.
It passed off 40 days after Amini’s loss of life, when 1000’s gathered to mark the event in her hometown in northwestern Iran.
Iranian authorities, who blamed “riots” backed by overseas powers for undermining the nation’s safety, stated on the time that the unrest paved the best way for the Shah Cheragh assault to happen.