0155 GMT August 15, 2022
The Iranian Parliament speaker condemned a Tuesday brutal knife attack on three clerics in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad, cautioning people to be cognizant in the face of such wicked acts lest they harm the unity and solidarity among Muslim states.
Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf made the remarks in an open session of the Parliament on Wednesday, IRNA reported.
On Tuesday, an assailant stabbed three Iranian clerics in the courtyard of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth Imam of Shia Muslims, in the northeastern province of Khorasan Razavi. One of the clerics, Hojjatoleslam Mohammad Aslani, was martyred in the attack and the other two sustained injuries and were transferred to the hospital.
According to Tasnim News Agency, the stabber, Abdol-Latif Moradi, who was immediately arrested at the scene of the incident by security forces, is 21 years old and originally from Uzbekistan. He had illegally entered Iran from the common border with Pakistan a year ago and has been living in Mashhad ever since.
Expressing his condolences to martyred Aslani’s family and the people of Mashhad, Qalibaf wished quick recovery for the injured clerics.
The Parliament speaker called on the related authorities to swiftly do the follow-ups on the incident and get to its roots, giving the assurance that the case is under thorough investigations.
Addressing the Iranian people, he added the tragic incident had a lesson, reminding that “we are all required to be conscious” and prevent the country’s enemies and opportunists from putting the friendship and fraternity among the nations in harm’s way through committing such crimes.
At the end of the Wednesday session, 196 lawmakers condemned, in a statement, the attack, urging the security and judicial authorities to shed light on the roots of and elements behind it.
In addition, members of the Parliament’s clerics group also condemned the act of terror in a message, saying the enemies are afraid of the Muslim world’s unity and solidarity.
They also called for Muslims to maintain their unity in the face of the common enemies and perpetrators of such crimes.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps also issued a statement giving the assurance that investigations are being conducted.
The IRGC warned against any invalid speculation until the investigations are completed and their results are announced.
Commenting on the incident, Mashhad Governor Mohsen Davari said the assailant had carried out the attack under the impact of Takfiri beliefs and ideas as well as those inculcated by the global arrogance, according to the semi-official Tasnim News Agency.
In separate remarks, Mashhad’s Prosecutor General Mohammed Hossein Doroudi said four other people besides the attacker have been arrested in connection with the incident.