Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP) (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei


Member of clerical body that supervises and appoints Iran supreme leader reportedly dies at hospital after being shot at a bank in the city of Babolsar.

By Reuters and Algemeiner Staff via The Algemeiner

A member of Iran’s influential clerical body was assassinated in the country’s northern province of Mazandaran on Wednesday, the semi-official Fars news agency reported, adding that the suspected killer had been detained.

Abbasali Soleimani, also a former representative of Iran’s top leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the predominantly Sunni province of Sistan-Baluchistan, died in hospital after being shot at in a bank in the city of Babolsar, Fars said.

The Assembly of Experts is a powerful clerical body that supervises, appoints and in theory can sack the supreme leader.

The southern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan and one of Iran’s poorest, faced months of intensive anti-government protests sparked by the death in custody of a young Iranian woman in September.

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