TEHRAN — On Saturday, Seyyed Esmaeil Khatib, Iran’s intelligence minister, said religious places had become a target for takfiri groups to carry out terrorist acts.
Speaking at a meeting in Fars province, Khatib said: “One of the interests of Takfiris is religious places, and this example of a recent terrorist act perpetrated in the courtyard of the holy shrine of Imam Reza (AS) in Mashhad shows the enmity of takfiri groups.
Khatib was referring to Tuesday’s brutal stabbing attack at Imam Reza’s shrine that killed two clergy and injured another.
The attacker was a 21-year-old Uzbek named Abdollatif Moradi, who was strongly influenced by takfiri teachings.
The minister said such evil acts which create ethnic and religious conflicts between Shias and Sunnis and other ethnicities are mainly aimed at diverting public opinion from the crimes of the Zionist regime.
Such acts also aim to create new security problems in Iran by using the media, Khatib said.
“This demands that scholars, intellectuals and the people be wary of these seditions and neutralize them through intelligence and enlightenment,” the intelligence minister noted.
Khatib went on to say that the Zionist regime is trying to play the role of regional policeman with the support of arrogant countries and some Arab countries, but these efforts are being confronted and neutralized by the courageous actions of the Palestinians.