An Iranian soldier killed 3 policemen and a friend in the south of Iran

An Iranian soldier killed 3 policemen and a friend in the south of Iran

An Iranian soldier killed 3 policemen and a friend in the south of Iran

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A soldier shot dead three police officers and a fellow officer at a roadside police station in southern Iran on Sunday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

The violence occurred near the town of Bampur, about 1,260 km (780 miles) southeast of the capital Tehran, in the restive province of Sistan and Baluchistan.

The southeastern state was gripped by unrest on Friday, prompting a deadly response from security forces and activists who claimed to have killed at least 16 people.

It comes in the seventh week of anti-government protests, which have been sparked by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained for allegedly flouting the country’s strict dress code.

Tasnim quoted a local police commander as saying that the soldier opened fire after an argument with another soldier over personal matters. The soldier was immediately detained. There were no additional details.

Such shootings are rare in Iran. In 2016, the soldier committed suicide by shooting three of his friends. In Iran, military service is mandatory for men aged 19 and older for a period of up to 24 months.

Separately on Sunday, Tasnim reported that a “terrorist” was killed in an attack by two militants in the city of Mahshahr in southwestern Khuzestan province. There were no other details.

Nationwide protests that began after Amini’s death focused primarily on the state-mandated headscarf, or hijab. But they quickly became one of the government’s biggest challenges since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Protesters are chanting for the overthrow of the clerical government and the death of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Security forces, including paramilitary Revolutionary Guards, have brutally cracked down on the protests, killing more than 300 people, including 41 children, according to the Oslo-based Iran Human Rights Watch.

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