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Iran arrests 32 people over support for a cleric murderer

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On Hajilouyi instagram page arrested people had “left messages of support”, Iran police said.


Iran has arrested 32 people who had left messages of support for a man of murdering a cleric, ISNA reported on Tuesday.

Behrouz Hajilouyi wanted to kill Mostafa Ghasemi on Saturday outside the seminary where the Shia cleric worked. Even he admitted the crime in his post on Instagram account which is now deleted and he posted his pictures shotguns, pistols and automatic rifles.

Thirty-two people who had supported Behrouz on his personal instagram page were identified and arrested, Bakhshali Kamrani told ISNA.

On Sunday he was shot dead in a firefight with police after his car was tracked, according to Kamrani who has not put forward a motive for the cleric’s killing.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Iran’s supreme leader call police to clamp down on the online trade in firearms.

According to state media, in current years it has been unusual practice in Islamic republic to murder clerics. But in November, a Sunni imam was killed in the northeastern province of Golestan.

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