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Gunmen attack major Shiite holy site in Iran, killing 15

Gunmen attacked a major Shiite holy site in Iran on Wednesday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens. The attack came as protesters elsewhere in the country marked a symbolic 40 days since a woman's death in custody ignited the biggest anti-government movement in over a decade.

[Mod Note: The photo from Tehran does not correspond with the terrorist attack in the city of Shiraz, so it was removed.]
 

State TV blamed the attack on “takfiris,” a term that refers to Sunni Muslim extremists who have targeted the country's Shiite majority in the past. The attack appeared to be unrelated to the demonstrations.

The official website of the judiciary said two gunmen were arrested and a third is on the run after the attack on the Shah Cheragh mosque, the second holiest site in Iran. The state-run IRNA news agency reported the death toll, and state TV said 40 people were wounded.

An Iranian news website considered to be close to the Supreme National Security Council reported that the attackers were foreign nationals, without elaborating.

Such attacks are rare in Iran, but last April, an assailant stabbed two clerics to death at the Imam Reza shrine, the country's most revered Shiite site, in the northeast city of Mashhad.

President Ebrahim Raisi said that whoever led and planned the attack will “receive a regretful and decisive response,” without elaborating.

IRNA quoted Raisi as saying, “This evil will definitely not go unanswered.”

Earlier on Wednesday, thousands of protesters had poured into the streets of a northwestern city to mark the watershed 40 days since the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, whose tragedy sparked the protests.

Deaths are commemorated in Shiite Islam — as in many other traditions — again 40 days later, typically with an outpouring of grief. In Amini's Kurdish hometown of Saqez, the birthplace of the nationwide unrest now roiling Iran, crowds snaked through the local cemetery and thronged her grave.

“Death to the dictator!" protesters cried, according to video footage that corresponds with known features of the city and Aichi Cemetery. Women ripped off their headscarves, or hijabs, and waved them above their heads. Other videos showed a massive procession making its way along a highway and through a dusty field toward Amini's grave. There were reports of road closures in the area.

State-linked media reported 10,000 protesters in the procession to her grave.

Hengaw, a Kurdish human rights group, said security forces fired tear gas to disperse demonstrators. The semiofficial ISNA news agency said security forces fired pellets at crowds of demonstrators on the outskirts of Saqez and pushed back demonstrators who tried to attack the governor's office. It said local internet access was cut off due to “security considerations.”

Earlier in the day, Kurdistan Gov. Esmail Zarei Koosha insisted that traffic was flowing as normal, calling the situation “completely stable.”

State-run media announced that schools and universities in Iran's northwestern region would close, purportedly to curb "the spread of influenza."

In downtown Tehran, the capital, major sections of the traditional grand bazaar closed in solidarity with the protests. Crowds clapped and shouted “Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!” through the labyrinthine marketplace.

“This year is a year of blood!” they also chanted. "[Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] will be toppled!"

Riot police on motorbikes were out in force. A large group of men and women marched through the streets, setting trash cans ablaze and shouting Death to the dictator!” as cars honked their support. Police unleashed anti-riot bullets at protesters in the streets and sprayed pellets up at journalists filming from windows and rooftops. Anti-government chants also echoed from the University of Tehran campus.

Amini, detained for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women, remains the potent symbol of protests that have posed one of the most serious challenges to the Islamic Republic.

With the slogan #WomanLifeFreedom, the demonstrations first focused on women's rights and the state-mandated hijab, or headscarf for women. But they quickly evolved into calls to oust the Shiite clerics that have ruled Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The protests have also galvanized university students, labor unions, prisoners and ethnic minorities like the Kurds along Iran's border with Iraq.

Since the protests erupted, security forces have fired live ammunition and tear gas to disperse demonstrations, killing over 200 people, according to rights groups.

Untold numbers have been arrested, with estimates in the thousands. Iranian judicial officials announced this week they would bring over 600 people to trial over their role in the protests, including 315 in Tehran, 201 in the neighboring Alborz province and 105 in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.

Tehran prosecutor Ali Salehi told the state-run IRNA news agency that four protesters were charged with “war against God," which is punishable by death in Iran.

Iranian officials have blamed the protests on foreign interference, without offering evidence.

Last week, Iran imposed sanctions on over a dozen European officials, companies and institutions, including foreign-based Farsi channels that have extensively covered the protests, accusing them of “supporting terrorism." The sanctions involve an entry and visa ban for the staffers in addition to the confiscation of their assets in Iran.

Deutsche Welle, the German public broadcaster whose Farsi team was blacklisted, condemned the move on Wednesday as “unacceptable.”

“I expect politicians in Germany and Europe to increase the pressure on the regime,” said DW Director General Peter Limbourg.

In a separate development, most of the remaining portion of a 10-story tower that collapsed earlier this year in the southwestern city of Abadan, killing at least 41 people, fell on Wednesday, state-run media reported. The state-run IRNA news agency reported that a woman in a car parked near the site was killed. Other parts of the building had collapsed last month.

The deadly collapse of the Metropol Building on May 23 became a lightning rod for protests in Abadan, some 410 miles southwest of the capital, Tehran. The disaster shined a spotlight on shoddy construction practices, government corruption and negligence in Iran.

Videos spread online of the remaining tower crashing into the street as massive clouds of dust billowed into the sky.

This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times. image.png

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Providing details about the raid, the police commander of Fars province stated that the lone attacker opened indiscriminate fire at pilgrims inside the shrine and was himself wounded and arrested by security forces.

An informed source told FNA that the perpetrator is 23 years old Hamed Badakhshan.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) outlet, Nour News, reported that the attacker was not an Iranian national.

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Shiraz is a popular destination for pilgrimages and tourism, and the last such attack to take place in the city was in April 2008, when a bomb planted in a mosque killed 14 people.

The assault took place at the Shah Cheragh Shrine on Wednesday evening and was carried out by a heavily-armed assailant.

Initial reports said a men armed with Kalashnikov rifle entered the popular Shia shrine at 5:45 pm local time and opened fire at the pilgrims inside the site.

One witness told reporters that loud screams were heard in the women's section of the shrine at the time of adhan (the call for prayer) and suddenly an armed man was spotted with a Kalashnikov firing indiscriminately in the compound of the shrine. 

After the initial burst of fire, the attacker went near the shrine and fired many rounds at those present at the scene, the eyewitness added.

The governor of Fars province noted that the gunman first targeted the servant and guard of the shrine, and intended to attack the congregational evening prayers, but one of the servants shut the door on him.

At least 13 people, including a woman and two children, have been killed and 21 others injured, medical and security officials have confirmed.

https://www.farsnews.ir/en/news/14010804000853/A-Leas-3-Maryred-Over-20-Wnded-in-Terrr-Aack-in-Iran's-Shiraz

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26 October 2022

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General - on attack at Shah Cheragh Holy Shrine in Shiraz, Iran

Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General 

The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack today on the Shah Cheragh Holy Shrine in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran, for which the so called Islamic State claimed responsibility.
 
Such acts targeting religious sites are especially heinous. The Secretary-General stresses the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime against civilians exercising their right to practice their religion.  
 
The Secretary-General conveys his deep condolences to the bereaved families and the people and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He wishes a speedy recovery to the injured. 

https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/statement/2022-10-26/statement-attributable-the-spokesperson-for-the-secretary-general-attack-shah-cheragh-holy-shrine-shiraz-iran

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Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Shrine Attack in Iran

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic state claimed responsibility for a shrine attack in the Iranian city of Shiraz on Wednesday, a statement on their telegram channel said.

The attack on a Shi'ite Muslim shrine in Shiraz killed 13 people on Wednesday, authorities said, and President Ebrahim Raisi vowed that the shooting would not go unanswered.

 

(Reporting by Yomna Ehab)

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2022-10-26/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-shrine-attack-in-iran

https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-shrine-attack-iran-2022-10-26/

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The Secretary-General strongly condemns the terrorist attack today on the Shah Cheragh Holy Shrine in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran, for which the so called Islamic State claimed responsibility," Stephane Dujarric said in a statement. 
 
"Such acts targeting religious sites are especially heinous. The Secretary-General stresses the need to bring to justice the perpetrators of this crime against civilians exercising their right to practice their religion, he added. 

Secretary-General @antonioguterres strongly condemns today's terrorist attack on Shah Cheragh Holy Shrine in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran, for which the so called Islamic State claimed responsibility. Full statementhttps://t.co/WLzjlZ4xtP

— UN Spokesperson (@UN_Spokesperson) October 27, 2022
https://www.republicworld.com/world-news/rest-of-the-world-news/islamic-state-claims-responsibility-for-iran-shrine-attack-raisi-vows-decisive-response-articleshow.html
 
Fifteen dead in Iran attack on Shiite shrine - Al-Monitor: Independent,  trusted coverage of the Middle EastIslamic State claims Iran shrine attack, Iran vows response | Reutersimage.jpeg.26be4897b8582eb9df7fe8366d2b44ed.jpegIran: Fifteen people killed in shrine attack claimed by Islamic State |  Middle East EyeIran: 15 killed in armed attack against shrine in Shiraz - Gerçek News  Terrorist attack in Iran's Shiraz leaves 53 casualtiesIran shrine attack: More than a dozen killed in attack on Shi'ite shrine in  Iran: state news agency

See The moment the terrorist entered the shrine of Shahcheragh, Shiraz The first CCTV video of the terrorist attack on Shahcheragh

https://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news/715279/ببینید-لحظه-ورود-فرد-تروریست-به-حرم-شاهچراغ-شیراز-اولین-تصاویر

 

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The strange message of ISIS after the terrorist attack in Shiraz: We continue to support the uprising against the Rafidi government

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This terrorist group has claimed in a message: "The soldiers of the caliphate on Wednesday evening and at the same time as the 40th day of Mehsa Amini's murder and in order to avenge the victims who were recently killed by the Rafidi government in protests against the murder of Mehsa Amini, took revenge from the Rafidis during an operation with the help of God." and they continue to support the uprising against the Rafadi government."

It should be mentioned that these criminal terrorists killed innocent people who were worshiping in a holy place, and called it revenge of the oppressed.

end of message

https://www.tasnimnews.com/fa/news/1401/08/05/2794377/پیام-عجیب-داعش-پس-از-حمله-تروریستی-شیراز-حمایت-از-قیام-علیه-حکومت-رافضی-ها-را-ادامه-می-دهیم

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The most heartbreaking image of the terrorist attack on Shahcheragh Shiraz | martyrdom of a mother and child in each other's arms (warning too much graphical)

You can see a heartbreaking picture of a martyred mother and child during today's terrorist incident in the shrine of Shahcheragh (عليه السلام).

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تصویری دلخراش از یک مادر و کودک شهید در جریان حادثه تروریستی امروز در حرم شاهچراغ(ع)

https://www.hamshahrionline.ir/photo/715268/دلخراش-ترین-تصویر-از-حمله-تروریستی-به-شاهچراغ-شیراز-شهادت-یک

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You wanted to hang mullahs from lightning bolt , but you have killed a child in shrine!!!

Childkiller terrorists:((

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Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi raaj'oon. 

This is the second nasibi attack within the span of a year. The security, especially that in the shrine cities, needs to be beefed up. It is time to go on the offensive and take a proactive rather than reactive approach to these incidents. Trail all these ogres, see what the families and the madrassas they are going to are up to, and shut them down if needed. Clear and strong  word needs to be sent to the Sunni elders in the country to deal with their wayward youth, stamp out the Wahhabi vermin from their midst, and police their own communities. 

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On 10/27/2022 at 3:23 AM, Ashvazdanghe said:

An informed source told FNA that the perpetrator is 23 years old Hamed Badakhshan.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) outlet, Nour News, reported that the attacker was not an Iranian national.

Salam. He is in Iran on a tourist visa? 

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12 hours ago, wolverine said:

Salam. He is in Iran on a tourist visa? 

Salam there is no further information more than that he has not been an Iranian which until now no further information has been released about him except that in some tweets it has been said that he has died in hospital which it has not been confiremed by officials.

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Confirmation of the death of the terrorist who attacked the Shahcheragh shrine

Fars governor's political and security deputy confirmed the death of the terrorist who attacked the Shahcheragh shrine.
Confirmation of the death of the terrorist who attacked the Shahcheragh shrine

According to Fars news agency from Shiraz, Ismail Mohebipour said: Despite the efforts of doctors and medical procedures, the terrorist who attacked the shrine of Hazrat Shahcheragh died.

In this terrorist attack, after entering the shrine of Hazrat Ahmad Ibn Musa al-Kadzim with a Kalashnikov weapon, while shooting at the servants and pilgrims of the shrine, he martyred 13 people and injured more than 20 people.

This terrorist, who was injured during the arrest by the security and law enforcement agents, was sent to the hospital for treatment, where he died.

https://www.farsnews.ir/fars/news/14010807000010/تائید-به-هلاکت-رسیدن-تروریست-حمله‌کننده-به-حرم-شاهچراغ

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Unsuccessful bombing in Shiraz/Terrorist garbage collector was caught by security forces

On Wednesday night, after the terrorist incident in the shrine of Shahcheragh ((عليه السلام).), a person who was trying to detonate a bomb in the busy street of Ma'ali Abad, Shiraz, was arrested by anonymous bodyguards of Imam Zaman ((عليه السلام).) and the said bomb was neutralized.
 

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Unsuccessful bombing in Shiraz/Terrorist garbage collector was caught by security forces

A well-informed security source in a conversation with Fars reporter in Shiraz said: This bombing was carried out on Ma'ali Abad Street in Shiraz, one of the busy streets of the city.

He continued: The bomb used was a remote-controlled incendiary type, which was neutralized by the timely presence of the security forces and the anonymous guards of Imam Zaman of the Intelligence Organization of Fars Province.

This knowledgeable source noted: This terrorist act happened on Wednesday night, the 4th of November, after the terrorist incident in Shahcheragh shrine in Shiraz.

https://www.farsnews.ir/fars/news/14010806000258/بمب‌گذاری-ناموفق-در-شیراز-زباله‌گردِ-تروریست-به-دام-نیروهای-امنیتی

 

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13 hours ago, wolverine said:

Salam. He is in Iran on a tourist visa? 

In a conversation with Fars news agency in Shiraz, Ismail Mohibipour stated: The information published in the cyberspace about  Bahraini nationality of the attacker of the shrine of Shahcheragh (عليه السلام) is not true.

He added: The identity of the Shiraz terrorist is under investigation, and as soon as the dimensions of the issue are determined, information will be provided.

https://www.farsnews.ir/fars/news/14010805000015/ملیت-تروریست-شاهچراغ-شیراز-مشخص-نیست

 

 

See| What was the terrorist looking for in Shahcheragh? ; I told the women not to scream... | 8 female tourists were in Shahcheragh shrine of Shiraz during shooting

An armed terrorist opened fire on the pilgrims on Wednesday evening when they entered the holy shrine of Shahcheragh. See the first-hand account of one of the witnesses of the terrorist incident in Shahcheragh.
An eye-witness narration of one of the witnesses of the Shahcheragh terrorist incident

https://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news/715510/ببینید-تروریست-در-شاهچراغ-دنبال-چه-بود-به-زن-ها-گفتم-جیغ

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See| The moment police rapid response forces arrived in Shahcheragh | This is how the armed terrorist detained; See the moment of arrest

https://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news/715555/ببینید-لحظه-ورود-نیروهای-واکنش-سریع-پلیس-به-شاهچراغ-تروریست

See | The moment of neutralizing the bomb in Shiraz See the bombing site in Ma'ali Abad, Shiraz

https://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news/715564/ببینید-لحظه-خنثی-سازی-بمب-در-شیراز-محل-بمب-گذاری-در-معالی

 

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1 hour ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

Update

Confirmation of the death of the terrorist who attacked the Shahcheragh shrine

Fars governor's political and security deputy confirmed the death of the terrorist who attacked the Shahcheragh shrine.
Confirmation of the death of the terrorist who attacked the Shahcheragh shrine

According to Fars news agency from Shiraz, Ismail Mohebipour said: Despite the efforts of doctors and medical procedures, the terrorist who attacked the shrine of Hazrat Shahcheragh died.

In this terrorist attack, after entering the shrine of Hazrat Ahmad Ibn Musa al-Kadzim with a Kalashnikov weapon, while shooting at the servants and pilgrims of the shrine, he martyred 13 people and injured more than 20 people.

This terrorist, who was injured during the arrest by the security and law enforcement agents, was sent to the hospital for treatment, where he died.

https://www.farsnews.ir/fars/news/14010807000010/تائید-به-هلاکت-رسیدن-تروریست-حمله‌کننده-به-حرم-شاهچراغ

May allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) curse him eternally and never have mercy on him. 

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See (16+) The most heartbreaking images from inside the shrine of Shahcheragh Shiraz after the terrorist incident (Warning too much graphical )

https://www.hamshahrionline.ir/news/715317/ببینید-۱۶-دلخراش-ترین-تصاویر-از-داخل-حرم-شاهچراغ-شیراز-پس

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Foreign spy agencies, led by CIA, behind Iran riots: Top intelligence bodies

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Iran’s Intelligence Ministry and the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) issued the statement on Friday, explaining different aspects of the recent riots in Iran in detail.

“Continuous and precise” intelligence monitoring in the past year as well as acquired documents during the recent unrest reveals “numerous examples and undeniable references of the all-out role of the American terrorist regime in designing, implementing, and maintaining” the unrest, they said.

The statement further elaborates on the issue by offering facts on three categories “before the unrest,” “during the unrest” and “after the unrest.”

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2022/10/28/691741/Foreign-spy-agencies--behind-Iran-riots

 

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