Two dead in attack on worshippers in Iran

TEHRAN: Two people in Iran were killed late Friday in a shooting attack on worshippers marking Ashura, one of the holiest commemorations of the faith, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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Two people were also wounded in the attack in the town of Dezful in Khuzestan province, the news agency said.

The southwestern province, which borders Iraq, has a significant ethnic Arab community, some of it Sunni, and has seen a number of armed attacks in recent years, according to Iranian media.

The assailants opened fire on the Shia place of worship from a car carrying no licence plates.

“It’s not still clear whether the attack was a terrorist one,” provincial police official Colonel Rahman Mousavi said.

“Investigators are reviewing the matter and will announce the results as soon as possible.”

In recent years, there has been a spate of attacks on Ashura celebrations around the region by extremist groups which regard Shias as heretics.

On Friday evening, five people were killed in a shooting attack claimed by militants linked to the Islamic State group against Shia worshippers in Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival.

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