Two men who were accused of carrying out a deadly attack on the Shah Cheragh Shrine in Shiraz, Iran, in October 2022 have been executed, according to state media. The assault claimed the lives of 13 people and left over 40 others injured. The Supreme Court of Iran rejected an appeal on behalf of the accused, Mohammed Ramez Rashidi and Sayed Naeem Hashemi Qatali, as reported by the state-run IRNA news agency cited by CNN.
At the time of the attack, the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group claimed responsibility. In a statement through its affiliated Amaq news agency, the group claimed that one of its members used a machine gun to target Sunni individuals inside the shrine, resulting in multiple deaths.
Coinciding with the attack, clashes erupted throughout Iran on the same day to mark the 40th day since the death of Mahsa Amini. Amini, a 22-year-old woman, died while in police custody after being taken to a “re-education center” for allegedly not properly wearing her hijab.
The execution of the two attackers follows the rejection of their appeal, highlighting the Iranian authorities’ response to acts of terrorism within the country.