Iran arrests 26 foreigners over shrine attack

52

 

Iran has arrested 26 foreign nationals over their alleged involvement in a deadly attack claimed by the militant Islamic State group on a Shia Muslim shrine, the intelligence ministry said on Monday.

At least 13 people were killed on October 26 in an armed attack on the Shah Cheragh mausoleum in Shiraz, according to an official toll.

“The intelligence ministry has identified and arrested all agents involved in the terrorist operation in Shiraz,” said a statement published on the ministry’s website.

According to the statement, the 26 “takfiri terrorists” are from Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

“These terrorists were arrested in the provinces of Fars, Tehran, Alborz, Kerman, Qom and Razavi Khorasan”, as well as along Iran’s “eastern border”, the ministry added.

The shooting at the shrine came on the same day that thousands of people across the country paid tribute to Mahsa Amini, 40 days after her death in police custody.

Amini, 22, died on September 16, three days after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly breaching the country’s Islamic dress code for women.

The perpetrator of the attack in Shiraz, identified by the intelligence ministry as Sobhan Komrouni, died of wounds sustained while he was being arrested. The ministry said he was “a Tajik national” known as Abu Aisha.—AFP

Previous articleJustice Minallah advises politicians to resolve conflicts in Parliament
Next articleCJP Bandial tells PTI senator Swati to ‘stay strong’