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Two Killed In Sectarian Shooting In Dezful, Iran

Source: RFE/RL

Two people have been killed in a shooting incident at a Shi'ite mosque in Iran. Iran's official IRNA news agency reported that two people were also injured in the attack on Shi'ite worshippers in the town of Dezful in Khuzestan Province late on October 16.

Cover of Hamshahri Javan magazine marking Muharram

The gunman apparently opened fire from a moving car as the worshippers were marking the holiday of Ashura, which commemorates the killing in 680 of the Imam Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet Muhammad.

Khuzestan Province in southern Iran is home to a significant ethnic Arab, Sunni Muslim minority and there have been several incidents of sectarian violence there in recent years.

Also on October 16, five people were killed in a shooting attack on Shi'ite worshippers marking Ashura in Sunni-dominated Saudi Arabia.

An extremist Sunni group took responsibility for that attack.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP

Copyright (c) 2015 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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