Sunni preacher killed by unidentified gunmen in southern Iran

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A Sunni preacher was shot dead in Khash, south of Iran, the Iranian Fars news agency reported.

Abdelshakour Kurd was killed on Thursday by unidentified gunmen outside a mosque in Khash in the Baluchestan Province.

Kurd is the son of a late Sunni imam in Khash, and he’s respected among Sunnis.

Some Sunnis in Iran accuse the Iranian intelligence of being involved in such assassinations.

Khash is around 1,650 kilometers southeast of Tehran, near the borders with Pakistan.

The Baluchestan province, where there are military operations between Baloch gunmen and the Iranian government forces, have for years been the arena for assassination from both sides but most of the times the victims are Sunni activists and scholars.

The Sunnis are a minority in the Shiite-dominated Iran whose population is 80 million as their number is between 10 and 20 million according to unofficial estimates.

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