Attack on shrine of Shiite Muslims in Iran kills 13 people - video - Ukrainian News, World

Attack on shrine of Shiite Muslims in Iran kills 13 people – video – Ukrainian News, World

Thirteen people were killed in an attack on a Shia Muslim shrine in the Iranian city of Shiraz on Wednesday. Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi vowed that the attack, in which he suspects radical Sunni Muslims, would not go unanswered. This is reported Reuters.

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Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said many people were injured in the Shiraz incident and the death toll could rise. He blamed the protests sweeping Iran for setting the stage for such “terrorist attacks.”

“Experience shows that the enemies of Iran, failing to split the close-knit ranks of the nation, retaliate with violence and terror. This crime will definitely not go unanswered, and the security and law enforcement forces will teach a lesson to those who planned and carried out the attack,” Raisi said.

According to preliminary data, three militants participated in the attack. State news agency IRNA described them as “takfiri terrorists” (a label used by officials in predominantly Shiite Iran to refer to hardline armed Sunni Islamist groups).

However, later the chief of the local police said that the attack was carried out by one militant, and he was detained.

The semi-official news agency Tasnim reported that the assailant fired at a worker at the entrance to the temple, then his rifle jammed and he was chased by bystanders.

The man managed to repair his rifle and open fire on the pursuers, then he entered the courtyard of the temple and shot the believers. Several women and children were among the dead, according to the agency.

According to a witness, the attack came on the same day that Iranian security forces opened fire on mourners gathered in the hometown of Amini Mahsa, whose death sparked protests at a police station in Iran.

The semi-official news agency ISNA reported that about 10,000 people had gathered at the cemetery.

  • On September 21, protests and clashes with security forces began in Iran after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained by the vice police. Amini was detained in Tehran on September 13 for wearing the hijab incorrectly. The 22-year-old girl died at the vice police station. Authorities claim it was due to a heart attack, but her family says the girl had no health problems.
  • On October 22, tens of thousands gathered in the German capital to show solidarity with anti-government protesters in Iran.

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