UNSC Denounces ‘Heinous, Cowardly’ Terrorist Attack at Shah Cheragh Holy Shrine

10:42 - August 17, 2023
News ID: 3484816
NEW YORK (IQNA) – The United Nations Security Council described the recent terrorist attack at Shah Cheragh holy shrine in Shiraz, south of Iran, as a heinous and cowardly act.

Shah Cheragh holy shrine in Shiraz


In a statement released on Wednesday, the UNSC condemned the attack in the strongest terms.

Following is the full text of the UNSC statement:

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the heinous and cowardly terrorist attack on innocent people and pilgrims at the Shah-e-Cheragh shrine in Shiraz, Iran, on 13 August.  The attack was claimed by ISIL/Da’esh and resulted in the loss of lives of two Iranians and the injury of eight innocent people.

The members of the Security Council expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and they wished a speedy and full recovery to those who were injured.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.  They urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, as well as all other relevant authorities in this regard.

The members of the Security Council reiterated that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.  They reaffirmed the need for all States to combat by all means, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations and other obligations under international law, including international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.”

On Sunday, a terrorist went on a shooting spree at the Shah Cheragh holy shrine, killing at least two people and injuring several others.

Chief Justice of Fars Province Kazem Mousavi said on Monday that 10 suspects linked to the incident had been arrested, adding that they are all of foreign origin.

He added that the main terrorist, who started shooting at people at the shrine and was immediately arrested, has been handed over to investigators for further interrogation.

The Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorist group claimed responsibility for the deadly assault.