Tehran, Iran
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Iran has publicly executed two people over an attack on a Shiite shrine in the city of Shiraz last year which was claimed by the Islamic State (ISIS) organization, Middle East Monitor reported on Sunday.

According to Iran's judiciary, the two men – Mohammed Ramez Rashidi and Naeem Hashem Qatali – were publicly executed by hanging in the early hours of Saturday after their sentences were confirmed by the Supreme Court.

The attack on the Shah Cheragh shrine in the province of Fars took place on October 26, 2022, and footage from security cameras showed a lone gunman entering with an automatic rifle and opening fire while making his way to the main compound.

He shot numerous pilgrims and staff, killing 13 people and injuring 40, before he was killed by Iranian security forces.

Following the incident, ISIS admitted responsibility for the attack in a video released through its official Amaq News Agency.

Iran's Intelligence Ministry arrested 26 foreign nationals linked to the attack several days after it took place, saying the detainees are nationals of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

The executions come days after Norway-based Iran Human Rights said that Iran has hanged at least 354 people in the first six months of 2023, up 36 percent on the same period in 2022, when 261 people were executed.

In April, rights groups said that Iran hanged 75 percent more people in 2022 compared to the previous year.