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Iran says senior cleric on Assembly of Experts shot dead


TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A senior Shiite cleric in Iran has been shot and killed in an attack in a northern province along the Caspian Sea. An attacker shot to death Ayatollah Abbas Ali Soleimani in Babolsar in Iran’s Mazandaran province on Wednesday. That’s according to a state television report. State TV said police later arrested the attacker. Confusion persisted hours after the attack. State TV initially said Soleimani had been at a bank in the city when another man seized a guard’s firearm and began shooting over a personal dispute with an employee, striking and killing the cleric. State TV later said it was the guard himself who opened fire. The discrepant accounts could not be immediately reconciled.

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