Iran’s Raisi blames recent protests for deadly attack on Shiite holy site

The Times of Israel reports: “Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said Thursday that ‘riots’ pave the way for ‘terror’ attacks, a day after a deadly assault on a shrine in the southern city of Shiraz claimed by the Islamic State group.

‘The intention of the enemy is to disrupt the country’s progress, and then these riots pave the ground for terrorist acts,’ he said in televised remarks.

At least 15 people were killed Wednesday in an attack on a key Shiite Muslim shrine in Shiraz, according to official media.

State television said it was carried out by an armed ‘terrorist’ during evening prayers at the Shah Cheragh mausoleum, and left at least 19 people wounded.

The assailant was a man ‘in his 30s’ who had been detained by the security forces, officials said…”

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