AhlulBayt News Agency (ABNA): Australia Iran Friendship Association has strongly condemned the “heinous” terrorist attack at Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz last week that claimed lives of innocent pilgrims.
Condemning the attack, the Melbourne-based body conveyed “deep condolences to the victims, their families and loved ones as well as all others who have been impacted by this heinous attack.”
The friendship association hoped that perpetrators of the attack would be brought to justice by the Iranian judiciary.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has long been a victim of terrorism and continues to suffer from terrorist attacks in different forms, including state terrorism,” it said,
“Despite the mourning and great sorrow felt in regards to the most recent attack in Shiraz, we must also recognise the state terrorism committed by the US government that abhorrently targets the civilian populations of Iran by imposing extreme sanctions,” read the statement.
A heavily-armed terrorist assaulted the well-known shrine at approximately 5:45 p.m. local time (1415 GMT) on Wednesday, just before the evening prayers, killing 15 pilgrims — including a woman and two children — and injuring at least 40 others.
The attacker opened fire indiscriminately on visitors within the shrine, according to the police commander of Fars province. He was wounded and later succumbed to his wounds in hospital.
The Daesh Takfiri terrorist group has claimed responsibility for the act of terror.
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry said Monday its forces arrested the second individual involved in last week’s terrorist attack on the highly revered Shah Cheragh shrine in the southern province of Fars.