Iran hangs extremist accused of murdering Shia clerics

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Iran on Monday hanged an extremist who was sentenced to death for killing two Shia clerics and wounding another in early April, the judiciary said.

A 21-year-old national of Uzbek origin carried out the April 5 stabbing attack at the Imam Reza shrine which honours one of the most revered figures.

The killings happened during the holy month of Ramazan when large crowds of worshippers had gathered at the shrine, in Iran’s second-largest city Mashhad. “The death sentence against Abdolatif Moradi was carried out by hanging this morning, in the presence of a group of citizens and officials in Vakilabad prison in Mashhad,” said provincial judiciary chief Gholamali Sadeghi, quoted by the judiciary’s website Mizan Online.