According to Iranian official television, a motorcycle-riding assailant shot at a Shiite cleric in central Iran early on Saturday, injuring him.
According to the website of state broadcaster IRIB, Mohsen Akhavan, who bears the clerical rank of hojatoleslam, was the target in the city of Isfahan.
The attack happened as Akhavan, who presided over the morning prayer at a mosque in the city, was on his way home.
The priest, who had previously worked at the Islamic seminary in Isfahan, was described as “not gravely hurt” and was receiving medical attention.
In the courtyard of the main shrine in the northern holy city of Mashhad, a Sunni fanatic of Uzbek descent fatally stabbed two Shiite priests and wounded a third.
According to the court authority, Abdolatif Moradi, 21, was found guilty of the attack and hung on June 20 in the same city.
Moradi “was accused of moharebeh (’war against God’, in Persian) using a weapon to terrorize the population in the shrine and even outside it,” judicial authorities said.
Days prior to the attack in Mashhad, two Sunni clergy were fatally shot outside a seminary in Gonbad-e Kavus, a town in northern Iran.
The three suspects in that case, who were also Sunnis, were detained in late April but were later claimed by official media to have “no link with terrorist organisations.”