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Iranian paramilitary commander killed during protests over woman’s death

Since Mahsa Amini’s death, a commander of a paramilitary pro-government force was killed during protests in Tehran.

He was the head of a local Basij branch, a paramilitary arm of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps that is responsible for cracking down against dissent. The man was then stabbed to death in Mashhad, northeastern Iran, on Wednesday.

According to local news agencies, Abdolhossein Mojidami, another member of Basij was also shot and killed by “rioters & gangs”.

Protests started after Ms. Amini’s death, 22-year-old was taken into custody in Tehran by the morality police for violating strict dress codes. Three days later, she died.


According to police, she died from a heart attack. Her father claims that she was healthy and that the police are responsible for her death.

According to reports, she was struck with batons and sustained a brain injury.

Women cut their hair and burned their hijabs at protests in Iran and abroad. Protests saw police stations and vehicles set on fire by protestors on Thursday.

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Image While protests were centered in Tehran, they spread to other parts of the country and to Iranian consulates abroad

Since the protests started, several other people were also killed, including a boy of 16 years and a police assistant’.

According to the Iranian government, they will investigate Ms. Amini’s murder.


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