BEIRUT — Lebanon on Thursday condemned the Wednesday attack on a major Shiite shrine in the southern Iranian city of Shiraz, claimed by the Islamic State group, which killed at least 15 people.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Lebanon's Foreign Affairs Ministry said it "condemns the terrorist attack that targeted the Shah Cheragh shrine in Shiraz in southern Iran, and calls for the trial and punishment for those responsible for this unacceptable crime." It also extended "its deepest condolences to the Iranian government and people and the families of the victims, and hopes that the injured will be promptly treated."
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Thursday that the "riots" were paving the way for "terrorist" attacks in the wake of the attack. "The enemy's intention is to disrupt the country's progress, and these riots pave the way for terrorist acts," he said on Iranian television.
The attack comes as Iran has been experiencing nationwide protests since the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16.