Iran shrine attack mourners chant against Amini ‘riots’

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Iranians rally in the southern city of Shiraz, on October 28, 2022, to denounce a mass shooting at a key shrine that killed more than a dozen worshippers. (Photo: Tasnim/AFP)

TEHRAN — Mourners gathered Saturday in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz to bury the victims of a deadly assault on a shrine, while chanting slogans against nationwide riots over Mahsa Amini’s death.اضافة اعلان

At least 15 people were killed Wednesday in a key Shiite Muslim shrine in the city, according to official media, in an attack claimed by Daesh.

The shooting at the Shah Cheragh mausoleum came on the same day that thousands of people across Iran paid tribute to Amini, 40 days after her death in police custody.

Amini, 22, died on September 16, three days after her arrest by the morality police in Tehran for allegedly breaching the country’s Islamic dress code for women.

The perpetrator of the attack in Shiraz, identified by local media as Hamed Badakhshan, died of wounds sustained while he was being arrested, a local official said Saturday.

“Despite all efforts, the terrorist who attacked pilgrims at the holy shrine died,” said deputy governor Esmail Mohebipour, quoted by the state news agency IRNA.

Brandishing Shiite symbols, the crowd marched through central Shiraz following a vehicle carrying the victims’ coffins which were draped in the Iranian flag.

The crowd can be heard chanting “Death to America, to Israel, to England” and “The vigilant revolutionary people hates the rioters.”

During the ceremony, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological arm of Iran’s military, urged “a limited number of youth deceived” by the Islamic republic’s enemies to put an end to the “riots”.

“Today is when the riots end,” warned Major General Hossein Salami, calling on students “not to become chess pieces for the enemy”.

Students in several universities in Tehran and other Iranian cities have been protesting in the weeks since Amini’s death, with some chanting anti-regime slogans.

“Stop going out to the streets,” the Revolutionary Guards chief said.

Salami meanwhile accused Saudi leaders of fuelling the unrest, and warned its royal family “and the media under their control to be careful”.

“You, who provoke people and sow the seeds of sedition by showing images (from Iran), think a little about what could happen to you,” Salami added.

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