FOUR Iranian policemen and a ‘terrorist’ have been killed in separate incidents in the strife-torn country, state media and the Revolutionary Guards said today.
Iran has been rocked by more than seven weeks of nationwide protests following the death of 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian Mahsa Amini while in the custody of Tehran vice police.
Amid the wider unrest, clashes have rocked the province of Sistan-Balochistan, which borders Pakistan and Afghanistan, sparked by the alleged rape of a local teenage girl by a police chief.
The four policemen were killed in Sistan-Balochistan, state media said, without specifying when, and involving a personal dispute between police conscripts.
“The incident, at a traffic police station on the Iranshahr-Bampour highway, caused the martyrdom of the policemen,” regional police chief Major Alireza Sayyad told IRNA news agency. .
Poverty-stricken Sistan-Balochistan has long been a hotbed of clashes with minority Baloch rebels, Sunni Muslim extremist groups and drug trafficking gangs.
On September 30 in Zahedan, the provincial capital, dozens of protesters and six members of the security forces were killed, according to the authorities.
In a separate incident, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said its forces killed an “anti-revolution element” after an attack on one of their bases in Mahshahr, in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
“Forces fired on two terrorists on motorbikes to protect the headquarters, killing one while steps were taken to identify and arrest the second person,” the IRGC said in a statement. — AFP, November 6, 2022.