DUBAI, April 26 (Reuters) – A member of Iran‘s influential clerical body was assassinated in the country’s northern province of Mazandaran on Wednesday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, adding that the suspected killer had been detained.
CCTV video footage of the assassination of Ayatollah Abbas Ali Soleimani today in #Iran inside a bank. Some inconsistency in story: first the assailant was described as overpowering the guard, but he appears to be milling around the bank beforehand. https://t.co/Yx4R2zSug2 pic.twitter.com/qVRI4qm0ir
— Jason Brodsky (@JasonMBrodsky) April 26, 2023
Abbasali Soleimani, also a former representative of Iran‘s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the predominantly Sunni province of Sistan-Baluchistan, died in hospital after being shot at in a bank in the city of Babolsar, Fars said.
The Assembly of Experts is a powerful clerical body that supervises, appoints and in theory can sack the supreme leader.
The southern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan and one of Iran‘s poorest, faced months of intensive anti-government protests sparked by the death in custody of a young Iranian woman in September.
(Reporting by Elwely Elwelly; editing by John Stonestreet and Nick Macfie)