- Unidentified gunmen attacked a group of paramilitary forces in southern Iran, killing one member and injuring three others.
- The motive behind the attack, which took place on Saturday, was not immediately clear, and local media did not give a specific motive for the incident.
- The official IRNA news agency revealed that the attackers targeted members of the Basij paramilitary group late Saturday in Nourabad.
Gunmen opened fire on a group of paramilitary forces in southern Iran, killing one of them and wounding three others, state media reported Sunday.
Local media did not give a motive for Saturday’s attack, which came on the anniversary of the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini and the outbreak of nationwide protests. It was not clear if the attack was linked to the anniversary.
The official IRNA news agency said the attack targeting members of the Basij paramilitary took place late Saturday in the city of Nourabad, about 390 miles south of the capital, Tehran.
In another incident, a man was shot and wounded by security forces near the city of Saqqez in Iran’s western Kurdish region. IRNA said he was shot after entering an area under military restrictions, without elaborating on his condition. The Kurdish rights group Hengaw had earlier reported that he was in critical condition, while the semi-official Fars news agency said he was stable.
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The anniversary saw a heavy deployment of Iranian security forces in Tehran as well as in Kurdish areas, where human rights groups said there was a general strike.
Amini, who hailed from the Kurdish region, died on September 16, 2022, after being arrested by Iran’s morality police in the capital, Tehran, apparently for violating the country’s strict dress code. Women are required to wear an Islamic headscarf, known as the hijab, in public.
Protests over her death spread across the country and included calls for the overthrow of Iran’s four-decade-old Shiite theocracy. Authorities responded with a fierce crackdown in which more than 500 people were killed and more than 22,000 detained, according to rights groups.
The protests largely died down earlier this year, but there are still widespread signs of discontent with the country’s clerical rulers. For months after the protests, women could be seen flaunting the hijab law, prompting authorities to launch a renewed campaign to enforce it over the summer.