The funeral of Abbas Ali Soleimani, who was killed by a bank employee with a Kalashnikov weapon

Authorities offered no immediate motive for the attack in Babolsar, in Mazandaran province, just north of the capital, Tehran. Initially, state television described a man overpowering a guard and shooting the cleric. Soleimani, believed to be 77, served on the Assembly of Experts, an 88-seat panel overseeing the post of supreme leader. He also once served as the personal representative of Supreme Leader Khamenei to the restive southeastern provinces of Sistan and Baluchestan.

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April 28, 2023 | 9:24 pm