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Iranian TV host stabbed outside London home

By Thomas Mackintosh

A presenter for a London-based Iranian TV news channel has been repeatedly stabbed outside his home in the city, his channel has said.

Iran International, which reported extensively in 2022 on anti-government protests in Iran, said Pouria Zeraati, 36, was attacked by a group.

The Metropolitan Police said specialist counter-terrorism officers were leading an investigation into the stabbing.

The victim was stable in hospital, the force added.

Commander Dominic Murphy, head of the Met’s counter-terrorism command unit, said officers were keeping an open mind as to any motivation behind the attack.

The Met said counter-terrorism officers had been assigned due to “the victim’s occupation as a journalist at a Persian-language media organisation based in the UK”.

It added this was “coupled with the fact that there has been a number of threats directed towards this group of journalists”.

Mr Murphy said extra patrols were being sent to the area of the attack in south London and “other sites around London” as a precaution.

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