Fifteen Killed In Attack On Shia Mausoleum In Iran
Fifteen people have been shot dead and dozens wounded in an attack at the Shia Cheragh Mausoleum in the Iranian city of Chiraz.
Initial reports said three assailants had fired at pilgrims and staff at the entrance Shia Muslim Shrine, and that two had been arrested by police.
But the local judiciary chief said “only one terrorist was involved”. State TV also reported one arrest.
The Islamic State Militant group (IS) said it had carried out the attack.
Iran reported that two children and a woman were among the dead and published a photograph of bodies wrapped in sheets laid out in a courtyard. Other photos showed broken glass and pools of blood.
President Ebrahim Raisi vowed a swift and firm response.
The Mausoleum includes the tombs of two sons of the seventh Shia Imam Musa al-Kadhim, who are also the brothers of the eighth Imam Ali Al-Rida.
Is has carried out serious attacks in Iran before.
In 2017, the group was responsible for a pair of deadly twin bombings that targeted the parliament building and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini.