A colonel from Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was stabbed to death in a western Kurdish town, state media reported, as security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in several cities in the country.
“Colonel Nader Bairami, an IRGC intelligence officer in Kermanshah province, was killed by rioters while on duty,” the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported on November 18.
Several other people were injured when the riot squad clashed with protesters in the provincial capital, also named Kermanshah.
A day earlier, a police colonel and three members of the Basij paramilitaries were also stabbed to death in two separate incidents in the western city of Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, and Mashad in the northeast of the country.
Iran has been gripped by a wave of protests sparked by the September death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, after she was arrested by Tehran vice police for allegedly breaking a strict dress code for women. .
The protests were met with a harsh crackdown by security forces in which more than 340 people were killed, including 43 children. Thousands of people were also arrested. So far, five people have been sentenced to death for the protests.
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