Local chief justice shot dead in western Iran – news agencies

Salim Qanbari, the chief justice of Ravansar County in Iran's western province of Kermanshah, was shot dead early Tuesday while going to work, Iranian news agencies are reporting. A suspect - who is believed to have acted alone for personal reasons - was taken into custody soon after.

The incident happened at around 8 a.m. local time in the city of Ravansar when a gunman opened fire, killing Chief Justice Salim Qanbari and injuring his son who was accompanying him to work. A suspect, whose identity was not released, was taken into custody and a weapon was recovered, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

Iran's Press TV initially described the killing as a "terrorist attack," but a later reported from the IRNA news agency cited an interior ministry spokesman as saying that the shooting was believed to have been carried out for personal reasons.

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