Iran court sentences two to death over shrine attack that killed 15 in October

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    An Iranian court has sentenced two men to death over attacks on a Shia temple in Iran that killed 15 people in October, state news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

    Fars province prosecutor Kazem Mousavi said the two men were convicted of charges including “spreading corruption across the globe” and acting against national security, adding that the sentence could be appealed. .

    CCTV footage aired on state television showed attackers hiding assault rifles in bags and opening fire on worshipers as they fled and tried to hide in corridors before entering the popular Shah Sheragh temple in the southern city of Shiraz. It showed how to invade.

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    The shooter, who was identified as a citizen of Tajikistan, later died in hospital from injuries sustained during the attack.

    The two men sentenced to death said during their trial that they had contacts with ISIS in neighboring Afghanistan and helped organize the attack, Iranian media reported.

    The three other men were sentenced to prison terms ranging from five to 25 years at trial, prosecutors said.

    ISIS, which once posed a security threat to the entire Middle East, has witnessed previous violence in Iran, including a deadly twin attack in 2017 targeting the tomb of Ruhollah Khomeini, founder of parliament and the Islamic Republic. claims.

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