Two unidentified men beat up two clerics in the religious city of Qom on Wednesday, leaving one of them with severe bruises and the other in the hospital waiting for a surgery.
One of them said that he saw two people beating up a cleric he knew with metal pipes and when the attackers saw him looking from his car they started beating him too and broke his cars windows. The clerics are prayer imams at two mosques
The second cleric who has lighter injuries criticized the city’s police for showing up very late — after about 40 minutes – and for not arresting the perpetrators despite the fact that they knew where they were hiding.
It is not clear if the attackers knew the first victim and if they attacked him for a personal reason.
Several Iranian clerics have come under attack by angry Iranians recently as rising prices and constant protests have led to a tense environment in the country.
Late in July, a cleric named Mojtaba Hosseini was stabbed several times in his back during his sermon in the city of Karaj in Western Tehran. And earlier in July, a congregational prayer imam was injured in an assassination attempt by an assailant on a motorcycle in the city of Esfahan.
In early June, the representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader in the central city of Esfahan was also attacked by a young man carrying a knife. And in April, a man stabbed three clerics in Iran’s largest Shiite shrine in Mashhad, killing two.
Source » iranintl