After the car crashed and two pedestrians were injured, the driver got out of his car and attacked “one of the victims, a cleric” with a knife, as confirmed by Qom police chief Amir Mokhtari, according to the official IRNA news agency.
An Iranian cleric was attacked with a knife Saturday in the holy city of Qom in the center of the country during a road accident, state media announced Saturday, days after a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts was killed.
After the car crashed and two pedestrians were injured, the driver got out of his car and attacked “one of the victims, a cleric” with a knife, as confirmed by the Qom police chief, Amir Mokhtari, according to the official IRNA news agency.
The three wounded, including the driver, who cut himself with a knife, were taken to hospital. The cleric is still in intensive care, according to Mokhtari, adding that the motives for the attack are not yet clear.
And a tweet on Twitter for social networking said: “Before today’s dawn prayer, a car attacked two students at a bus station on Al-Shuhada Street in Qom, and after running over them, the driver got out of the car and severely stabbed one of the students in his neck and side with a knife.”
This comes days after the killing of Ayatollah Abbas Ali Soleimani, a member of the Assembly of Experts entrusted with appointing the supreme leader of the Islamic Republic, as a result of a shooting that targeted him inside a bank in the city of Babolsar in the northern Mazandaran province.
The attacker was arrested and interrogated after Wednesday’s incident, officials announced at the time, saying that “what happened was not a security or terrorist act.”
Ayatollah Soleimani, who is 75 years old, held a number of important religious positions in the Islamic Republic, as he was a representative of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and an imam of Friday prayers in a number of major cities such as Kashan in the center of the country and Zahedan, the center of Sistan-Baluchestan province in the southeast of the country.