FILE PHOTO: A cleric who is a member of the Basij militia's Ashoura battalion takes part in a military parade to mark Basij week at a revolutionary guard's military base in northeastern Tehran. REUTERS./

 – A court in Iran has sentenced a man to death for killing two clerics and wounding a third in a knife attack at a holy Shi’ite Muslim shrine in April, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

“The revolutionary court sentenced him to death … and his lawyer has appealed. The case has been sent to the Supreme Court,” judiciary spokesperson Masoud Setayeshi told a news conference carried live on a state-run website.

Officials said the attacker was a 21-year-old ethnic Uzbek from Afghanistan with radical Sunni views. He was arrested after the stabbings at Iran’s largest Shi’ite Muslim religious complex in the northeastern city of Mashhad.

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Attacks on clerics and government officials have been rare in Iran after authorities tightened security measures and cracked down on opposition groups following a string of attacks and bombings that killed dozens of officials and clerics following the 1979 Islamic revolution.

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(Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Robert Birsel)

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