Iranian President Raisi has promised a ‘severe response’ to the Shiraz shrine attack, in an apparent attempt to link it to ongoing anti-government protests.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said that “riots” pave the way for “terrorist” attacks, a day after Deadly attack on a temple south of the city of Shiraz has been claimed by ISIL (ISIS).
“The intention of the enemy is to interrupt the progress of the country, and then these riots pave the way for acts of terrorism,” he said in a televised address on Thursday, in a televised address. the obvious attempt is to link the temple attack with anti-government protests are taking place domestic.
According to official media, at least 15 people were killed Wednesday in an attack on an important Shia Muslim shrine in Shiraz.
State television said the attack was carried out by an armed attacker during evening prayers at the Shah Cheragh shrine, and left at least 19 people injured.
Officials said the attacker was a man “about 30 years old” who was detained by security forces.
ISIL, which once controlled large swaths of territory across Syria and Iraq, has claimed previous violence in Iran, including deadly attacks in 2017 on parliament and its founder’s mausoleum. Islamic Republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.
The commander of the country’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Iran would retaliate.
“We resolutely declare: The flame of revenge of the Iranian people will finally catch up with them and punish them for their shameful actions,” Hossein Salami was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency on Wednesday. Wednesday.
Raisi also promised “a stern response”, and condemned “enemies of Iran”, who try to “split the united ranks of the nation … through violence and terror”.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, who called for unity after the shared shrine attack, said those behind it “will certainly be punished”, state television reported.
“We all have a duty to deal with the enemy and its treacherous or ignorant minions. Security agencies, judicial authorities, activists in the ideological field… and the people must unite against the… disregard for the life, security and dignity of the people,” Khamenei said in a statement. a statement on state television.
Unrest in Iran
The temple attack has come to thousands of people tribute for Mahsa Amini, 40 days after her death in police custody.
Dozens of people, mostly protesters but also members of the security forces, were killed during the unrest caused by the death of the 22-year-old girl on September 16 after she was arrested by police. ethics in Tehran arrested for allegedly violating the country’s strict regulations. code for women.
Hundreds of people, including women, were arrested.
Iran’s judiciary has charged more than 1,000 people arrested in connection with the protests.
At least four people were charged with capital crimes, while others were charged with “operating against the security of the country”, “propaganda” against the government and “attacking the security forces”. security”.
Officials have said that hundreds of people unrelated to the “riot” have been released.