French tourist shot dead in Iran

Published December 10th, 2007 - 02:00 GMT

A young French tourist has been shot dead in the Iranian city of Isfahan, one of the country's main tourist draws, the Fars news agency reported on Monday. "Yesterday (Sunday) a French citizen was shot dead in Isfahan," said a statement by local police quoted by the news agency.


"The murderer recently killed a member of the security forces and unfortunately had not been arrested," it added.


An Iranian official identified the victim as Julien Van Waesberghe and said he had died of his injuries from the shooting after being taken to hospital, Fars reported. The official conveyed the incident took place around Isfahan bus station while the victim and his unidentified partner were waiting for a bus to the city of Yazd to the south.


The French embassy confirmed the police statements and said that Van Waesberghe was 24.


The police statement said the suspected murderer was a 27-year-old man from the southern city of Shiraz and was on the run after police arrested associates following an armed robbery. "The identity of the murderer is known to the police... the attack against the foreign citizen is part of the desperate actions of this fugitive thief."


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