Iran Blames Afghanistan as Enabling Ground for Supporting the Attack on Shah Cheragh Shrine

Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence has claimed in a statement that the attack on the Shah Cheragh Shrine in Shiraz was carried out with the support of agents from Afghanistan.

The announcement of the ministry, which was published on Monday, November 7, states that 26 foreign nationals, including Afghan nationals, have been arrested in connection to the attack that has left dozens dead and wounded.

The statement states: “The supporting element of the operation scene in Shiraz was an Afghan named “Mohammed Ramez Rashidi” with the nickname “Abu Basir” and the shooter in the Holy Shrine named “Subhan Komrouni” with the nickname “Abu Aisha” was a citizen of Tajikistan.”

Based on this announcement, the master mind behind this operation, who is an Azerbaijani citizen, after entering Iran, “immediately contacted the network of ISIS foreign nationals through the operational headquarters [base] of ISIS in Afghanistan and informed them of his presence in Tehran.

According to the Ministry of Intelligence of Iran, identifying and arresting the perpetrators of this event is one of the most complex and extensive anti-terrorist operations of this ministry, which has led to the identification and arrest of all of them.

The announcement states that all 26 people caught in this connection are non-Iranians with the nationalities of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

At least 15 people were killed and more than 20 others have been injured as a result of the attack on the Shah Cheragh Shrine, which took place on October 26 and was claimed by ISIS.