Stabbing Attack at Iranian Shrine Leaves One Dead and Two Wounded

An assailant stabbed three clerics at the most famous shrine in Iran on Tuesday, killing one and injuring two others before he was arrested, according to the Iranian state-run media.   

One cleric died instantly after being stabbed at the Imam Reza Shrine, a famed pilgrimage site for Shiite people in northeast city Mashhad.

The motive behind the attack that also left two other clerics wounded, remained unclear.

Mashhad prosecutor Mohammad Hossein Darroudi described the assailant as a foreign national, but did not provide further details.

Darroudi said that five suspects were detained in relation with the stabbing attack, and investigation would continue to find more culprits if there are any.

The killed cleric was identified as Mohammad Aslani, but no information was given about the conditions of the other victims.

The attack came on the third day of the month of Ramadan where Muslims pray at mosques and visit shrines more than any other time.

© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.