Friday 19 January 2018

Nine people killed overnight amid nationwide protests in Iran

Death toll after six days of demonstrations now reported to be at least 20 people

People stand near a burning car in Tuyserkan, Hamadan Province, Iran, December 31, 2017 in this still image taken from video. IRINN/ReutersTV via REUTERS
People stand near a burning car in Tuyserkan, Hamadan Province, Iran, December 31, 2017 in this still image taken from video. IRINN/ReutersTV via REUTERS
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Nine people have been killed overnight amid nationwide protests and unrest in Iran, according to state television reports.

The report on Tuesday puts the death toll in six days of demonstrations to at least 20 people.

State TV said six rioters were killed during an attack on a police station in the town of Qahdarijan.

It reported that clashes were sparked by rioters who tried to steal guns from the police station.

State TV said an 11-year-old boy and a 20-year-old man were killed in the town of Khomeinishahr, while a member of Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard was killed in the town of Najafabad.

It says all were shot by hunting rifles.

The towns are all in Iran's central Isfahan province, 215 miles south of Tehran.

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