A bullet hole from an attack in the Shah Cheragh Shrine in Shiraz, Iran, October 26, 2022 (Amin Berenjkar/WANA)

The Islamic State has claimed an attack on a Shia Muslim shrine in Iran which killed 15 people and wounded dozens on Wednesday.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council initially said three gunmen who were “not Iranian” attacked the Shah Cheragh shrine in the city of Shiraz. Iranian authorities later said there was only one attacker, who had been captured.

The Tasnim site, linked to Iranian authorities, said the assailant shot an employee at the shrine entrance before his rifle jammed and he was chased by bystanders. Adjusting his weapon, he opened fire on pursuers then on worshippers in a courtyard. Several women and children are among the dead.

In 2017 the Islamic State carried out twin bombings that targeted Iran’s Parliament and the tomb of the Islamic Republic’s founder Ayatollah Khomeini.

Trying to tarnish nationwide protests for women’s rights and justice, Iranian officials tried to link the attack to the demonstrations. President Ebrahim Raisi said:

Experience shows that Iran’s enemies, after failing to create a split in the nation’s united ranks, take revenge through violence and terror.

This crime will definitely not go unanswered, and the security and law enforcement forces will teach a lesson to those who designed and carried out the attack.

The commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami, said, “The fire of revenge of the people of Iran will finally catch up with them and punish them for their shameful deeds.”