Nineteen folks together with a Revolutionary Guards colonel have been killed Friday throughout heavy gun battles within the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan, state media reported.
It was not instantly clear whether or not the clashes have been linked to the wave of unrest that has swept Iran for the reason that demise of Kurdish girl Mahsa Amini in morality police custody earlier this month.
“Nineteen people were killed and 20 injured in the incident,” regional governor Hossein Khiabani instructed the state broadcaster.
“Provincial intelligence officer of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Colonel Ali Mousavi was also killed,” state tv added.
Poverty-stricken Sistan-Baluchistan, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, is a flashpoint for clashes with drug smuggling gangs, in addition to rebels from the Baluchi minority and Sunni Muslim extremist teams.
Earlier Friday, state media reported that safety forces had returned hearth when a police station within the provincial capital Zahedan got here below assault by gunmen.
“A number of police members as well as passers-by have been injured in the exchange of fire,” the state broadcaster mentioned.
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