Knife attacker who killed clerics in Mashhad executed – Reuters


The head of the justice department of the province of Khorassan Razavi announced on Monday that the stabbing attacker had been hanged this morning after the end of the legal proceedings.

Abdullatif Muradi, 21, a man of Uzbek origin, had stabbed three clergymen at the shrine of the eighth Shia Imam in Mashhad on April 5, killing two of them and injuring one.

He is said to have entered Iran illegally from Pakistan a year ago before residing in Mashhad.

The provincial head of the Ministry of Justice said that Muradi was found guilty of stabbing with the aim of killing and creating horror which disrupted security inside the holy shrine and even outside the local.

The convict was finally hanged on Monday morning at Vakilabad prison in Mashhad on the charge of Muharebe (taking up arms against society), the official said.

After being hit several times by the assailant, one of the clerics, Mohammad Aslani, died instantly from his injuries.

The second victim, Daraei, had undergone difficult surgery to help him recover from multiple stab wounds, but succumbed to his injuries.

The three clerics, one of whom was disabled after the attack, were friends who had been active in voluntary social and cultural activities in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city, for years.

They had also worked in poor communities on the outskirts of Mashhad, helping locals improve their living conditions and providing religious instruction.

Videos circulating on social media showed that the assailant had been under the influence of Takfirian ideology and the terrorist group Daesh (ISIS or ISIL).

Notably, the attack was widely condemned by leaders and organizations belonging to different religious faiths in Iran and Afghanistan.

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