Iran sentences man convicted of killing cleric in April attack

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran on Monday morning hanged a man convicted of stabbing two clerics at a revered Shiite shrine in April, state television reported.

The report said the death sentence was carried out by hanging after the country’s top court upheld an earlier sentence handed down by the Revolutionary Court in the northeastern city of Mashhad, where the attack took place.

The convicted man was identified as Abdollatif Moradi, who authorities said stabbed three clerics. Two people died, one at the scene and another later in hospital. There were no further details following the attack on the city’s Imam Reza shrine, a rare act of violence at a major shrine for Shiite Muslims.

However, Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency said Moradi was a Uzbek national who entered Iran illegally a year ago via Pakistan.

Police did not provide a motive for the stabbing. The country’s interior minister, Ahmad Vahidi, described it at the time as a “terrorist attack” and vowed that Iran would go after the perpetrators and all “takfiris”, a tool used to treat other Muslims as alien A term for Sunni extremists.

Four other suspects were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the attack.

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