Three Baha'is stabbed in Iran, apparently a religious hate crime

Sep 2010
GENEVA — In an apparent hate crime, three Baha'is were stabbed in their home in Birjand, Iran, by an unidentified intruder on Monday 3 February, the Baha'i International Community has learned.

The three – a husband and wife and their daughter – survived but are currently in intensive care at a nearby hospital.

According to reports from Iran, the attacker – who was masked – entered the home of Ghodratollah Mavadi and his wife, Touba Sabzehjou, at about 8 p.m.

He immediately assaulted Mr. Mavadi, Mrs. Sabzehjou, and their daughter, Azam Mavadi, with a knife or sharp instrument, seriously injuring all three of them.

Mr. Mavadi was injured in his abdomen and side; Mrs. Sabzehjou was wounded in the neck. Both lost consciousness from the loss of blood.

Ms. Mavadi, although also seriously hurt, was able to call the police and all three were taken to the hospital, where they are being closely monitored.

Diane Ala’i, the Baha'i International Community’s representative to the United Nations in Geneva, said the attacker’s only goal appears to have been to kill three innocent Baha'is in their home.

“As such, there can be no doubt that this crime was religiously motivated. Mr. Mavadi was well-known as a leader in the Baha'i community in Birjand.

Three Baha'is stabbed in Iran, apparently a religious hate crime - Bahá'í World News Service
Jul 2011
n ireland
We should pray for them and their hate filled attacker. How vulnerable they are in the cradle of the Faith