Iran hangs two men after deadly shrine attack

Iran executed two men on Saturday following an attack on a Shiite shrine that killed at least 13 people in October and was claimed by the Islamic State militant group, Iranian state media reported Saturday.

The two were hanged at dawn in the southern city of Shiraz, the official IRNA news agency reported.

The men had said during their trial that they had been in contact with Islamic State in neighboring Afghanistan and helped organize the attack on the Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz, according to Iranian media.

The attack on Shah Cheragh

CCTV footage broadcast on state television showed an attacker entering the popular shrine after hiding an assault rifle in a bag and firing as worshipers tried to flee and hide in corridors.

The gunman, identified as a citizen of Tajikistan, later died in a hospital from injuries sustained during the attack. Officials initially said 15 had been killed in the attack, but later revised the number to 13.

Iranians in exile protest against executions and stonings in Iran during a demonstration on December 10, 2013 in Berlin (Credit: (ERIC BRIDIERS/US MISSION GENEVA))

Islamic State, once a security threat across the Middle East, has claimed past violence in Iran, including deadly twin attacks in 2017 that targeted parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

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