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Iran claims Israel behind shrine attack, pledges revenge

The shooting renewed debates on Iran's intelligence failures in thwarting deadly attacks in contrast to the official assertion that the country is an "island of stability" in a volatile Middle East.  
Iranian security forces deploy following an armed attack at the Shah Cheragh mausoleum in the city of Shiraz on Oct. 26, 2022.

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vowed to take revenge for a shrine attack in the country's south on Sunday, where an assailant gunned down two worshipers and wounded eight others. 

"We will definitely give a decisive response to the terrorists," said IRGC spokesman Brig. Gen. Ramezan Sharif in comments published by Tasnim news agency. The general alleged that "numerous foreign intelligence services" were behind the shooting. 

Elsewhere, Yadollah Bou-Ali, the local IRGC commander in Fars province where the attack took place, said there was "no doubt that the terror network was linked to Israel."  

The violence marked the second such incident in nine months inside Shah Cheragh Shiite Shrine in the city of Shiraz. Last October, at least 15 people were shot dead and 40 others were injured after two gunmen passed through the shrine's seemingly lax security gates. The attack coincided with a day of nationwide protests that had gripped Iran at the time following the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.  

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