Tue 05 April 2022:
In Iran’s northeastern shrine city of Mashhad, an attack on Tuesday led to the death of an Iranian Muslim cleric and the injury of two others, one of which is critical.
“A man stabbed three Shiite clerics with knives, killing one and wounding two others,” said Yaghoub-Ali Nazari, the governor of Khorasan Razavi province, adding the attacker has been detained by security forces.
The attack came two days after the start of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Iran.
It follows an April 3 incident in a mosque in the northern town of Gonbad Kavus during which two Sunni clerics were shot to death. Authorities said one suspect was arrested.
Amateur video footage captured the scene of a man lying in a pool of blood in the courtyard of a Shia shrine in Mashhad, northeastern Khorasan Province.
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The two men “were stabbed with a knife in the courtyard,” said the statement by the Imam Reza Shrine where the attack took place.
Astan Quds Razavi, the foundation that runs the shrine of Imam Reza, said the alleged attacker was immediately detained and taken into police custody. The motive of the attack is unclear.
As per state-run IRIB TV, “no details are available about the health situation of the two clerics”.
“The identity of the assailant is under investigation,” said the Astan Quds Razavi charitable foundation which manages the shrine.
“With the vigilance of the pilgrims and the efforts of security forces, the assailant was immediately arrested and handed over to the police, and the injured were quickly taken to the hospital.”
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