Iran says it foiled bomb attack two days after ISIS claimed deadly shooting

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SULAIMANI (ESTA) — Then Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps foiled a bomb attack on Friday in the southern city of Shiraz, Sepah News, the guards news agency said. 

According to Sepah news, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit had foiled a bomb attack in the city of Shiraz, two days after a deadly shooting at a shrine there.

“A bombing in Mo’ali Abad Street in Shiraz was detected and foiled by the Revolutionary Guards intelligence,” Sepah news said, without giving further details.

Earlier on Wednesday, an assailant in the same city carried out an attack on a Shi’ite Muslim shrine, killing 15 worshippers at Shiraz’s Shah Cheragh shrine.

Wednesday’s deadly attack was later claimed by the Islamic State terror group (ISIS). Iranian officials said they had arrested a suspect who carried out the attack at the shrine. State media blamed “takfiri terrorists” – a label Tehran uses for hardline Sunni Muslim militants like Islamic State.

ISIS has claimed previous attacks in Iran, including deadly twin bombings in 2017 which targeted Iran’s parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei vowed on Thursday to retaliate against those threatening the country’s security.

The attack by Islamic State, which threatens to inflame tensions, took place amid widespread anti-government protests.

Iran’s clerical rulers have faced nationwide demonstrations since the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, on Sept. 16.

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