June 22, 2024

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A gunman opened hearth Sunday evening at a shrine in southern Iran, killing one individual and wounding eight others in an assault that adopted one other there months earlier, authorities mentioned. .

Authorities haven’t disclosed a motive for the assault at Shah Cheragh, a shrine within the metropolis of Shiraz whose domed mosque attracts Shiite pilgrims and the place the tomb of a outstanding former member lies.

Nonetheless, Iran has beforehand confronted assaults by Sunni extremists from the Islamic State group, who view Shiites as heretics. Iran additionally faces ongoing unrest and financial turmoil amid tensions with the West.

Iran’s state information company IRNA quoted Ismail Qezelsofla, deputy safety governor within the nation’s Fars province, as providing the dying toll.

Fars province governor Mohammad Hadi Imanieh informed Iranian state tv {that a} single gunman carried out the assault and he was later detained by safety forces. He provided no motive for the assault in his transient feedback.

Put up-attack footage confirmed safety forces surrounded an entrance to Shah Cheragh’s then-deserted courtyard at sundown. Later, ambulances transferred the injured when safety forces and authorities officers arrived on the sanctuary.

Shah Cheragh is among the 5 principal Shiite shrines in Iran. It’s visited by pilgrims in Shiraz, which is about 675 kilometers (420 miles) south of Iran’s capital Tehran.

To this point, no group has claimed accountability for the assault.

Sunday evening’s assault follows an October 2022 bombing on the similar shrine that killed 13 folks and injured dozens extra. The Islamic State group claimed accountability for the assault, which Iran says was carried out by a Tajikistan man, who later died at a hospital from accidents he sustained whereas detained by safety forces.

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Gambrell reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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