Fifteen killed in attack on Shia mausoleum in southern Iran

Fifteen people have been shot dead and dozens wounded in an attack at the Shah Cheragh mausoleum in the Iranian city of Shiraz, state news agency Irna says.

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 so-called Islamic State group (IS) said it had carried out the attack.

Irna 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.

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.

In April, two Shia clerics were killed in a knife attack at a revered Shia shrine in the north-eastern city of Mashhad.

The assailant, who officials said was an ethnic…

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