Protests over death of Mahsa Amini: Guard, militiaman killed in southern Iran

TEHRAN: A member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and a Basij militia was killed early Friday while chasing individuals spray-painting slogans in protest over the death of Mahsa Aministate media reported.
State news agency IRNA said they were “martyrs” in the southern province of Fars.
Their deaths resulted in at least 20 security personnel killed in the wave of unrest that has swept through Iran since Amini died on September 16 after she was arrested by the ethics police in Tehran for allegedly violates the Islamic Republic’s strict dress code for women.
Six others were killed in violence in southeastern Iran, where protests broke out on September 30 over the reported rape of an underage girl by a police commander.
“Around 5 a.m. (01:30 GMT) on Friday, in the city of Beyrom, two people on a motorcycle, who were writing slogans, were targeted in a pursuit by two officers.” , director of justice Fars Kazem Mousavi told IRNA.
Mousavi added that two officers were killed by “shots to the head and chest” from motorcyclists.
Iranian officials have blamed the unrest on the country’s foreign enemies, particularly the United States.
Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi said late on Thursday that some protesters had been “trained abroad and funded from outside”.
He downplayed the scale of the protests.
“On the busiest day of recent gatherings, 45,000 people joined the protests,” Vahidi was quoted as saying by IRNA.
“At universities, at the height of the gatherings, 18,000 people … joined the protests, out of a total of 3.2 million students.”


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