Friday Prayer Imam of the city of Kazeroun, in Fars province, southern Iran, has been stabbed to death, the town's police announced on Wednesday, May 29, ONA reports citing Radio Farda.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC)-run news agency, Fars, cited the provincial deputy police commander for social affairs, IRGC Colonel Kavous Mohammadi, as saying, "Hojat ol Eslam (a mid-ranking cleric title) Mohammad Khorsand was stabbed an hour ago in front of his residence. He was taken to the city's hospital but died of deep injuries."
The cleric was returning from a religious ceremony at 3:30 Wednesday morning when he was attacked, Colonel Mohammadi said, adding, "The assailant has been identified, and security forces are searching for him."
Confirming the death of Friday Prayer Imam, the city of Kazroun's Governer, Darius Dehqan, also asserted that the assailant is at large.
There is no news yet on the motive behind the deadly attack.