A powerful iranian clerica member of the Assembly of Experts that chooses the supreme guide of the country, died this Wednesday in an armed attack in the city of Babolsar, reported the official press agency.
“He Ayatollah Abbas Ali Soleimani he died this morning in an armed attack,” the IRNA news agency said, citing an authority.
The ‘number two’ of Political Security of the province of Mazandarán, Ruholá Selagi, said that “the assailant has been arrested thanks to the efforts of the security apparatus,” the Iranian news agency reported. More.
At the moment, no further details about the attack have been disclosed, nor is there any claim to its authorship.
The attack occurred in the city of Babolsar (in the province of Mazandarán), a city located on the shores of the Caspian Sea about 230 kilometers north of Tehran, the agency said.
Soleimani, 75, served as representative of the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in Iran’s volatile Sistan-Baluchistan province
Was member of the Assembly of Expertsan 88-member committee that oversees and appoints the country’s supreme leader.
He had also been the imam leading weekly Friday prayers in the cities of Kashan, in the central province of Isfahan, and Zahedan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.
According to the Constitution, the Assembly of Experts, made up of 88 members, has the mandate to supervise, remove and elect the supreme guide.
Last April, an alleged jihadist attack in the sanctuary city of Mashhad (northeast) caused the death of two clerics and the wounding of another.
(With information from AFP, AP and Europa Press)
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