MirMahmoud Mousavi, the brother of opposition leader MirHosein Mousavi, who has been under house arrest since 2011, was assaulted on Saturday evening May 7. He was wounded in the neck but survived the attack.

MirMahmoud Mousavi

MirMahmoud Mousavi

The Kaleme website, referring to MirMahmoud Mousavi as a prominent diplomat, reported that he was attacked with a cold weapon by unknown assailants.

Kaleme adds that this is third time Mousavi has been attacked. Eyewitness reports indicate that in the most recent attack, one assailant approached him with insults, another attacked him from the front and another snuck up to him from behind and stabbed at his neck with a knife.

The report adds that Mousavi obstructed the assailant’s hand, preventing a fatal cut, by which time passersby arrived at the scene and forced the assailants to flee.

Mousavi’s neck wound has reportedly been sutured and he is in recovery.

MirHosein Mousavi and his wife have been under house arrest since 2011 for challenging the result of the 2009 elections and triggering widespread popular protests. While he and his wife have been completely cut off from the public, both were allowed to vote in the recent parliamentary elections.