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Notorious Evin Prison in Iran’s Capital in Flames Amid Nationwide Unrest

A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "morality police", in Tehran, Iran September 19, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo (Ap Newsroom)
A police motorcycle burns during a protest over the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic’s “morality police”, in Tehran, Iran September 19, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS PICTURE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY/File Photo (Ap Newsroom)

Iran’s central prison for detaining political prisoners was in flames Saturday, with inmates fleeing the facility and guards reportedly firing on them.

The notorious Evin Prison lies in the Iranian capital of Tehran and has long been used to house opponents of the regime. Hundreds of those protesting against the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini have been taken to the facility in recent weeks.

State media denies that the blaze had any connection to the protests, however.

At least four prisoners were killed and more than 60 were injured in the incident, according to the BBC.

Much of the prison is still intact Sunday now that the flames are largely under control. State authorities say the fire was restricted to a wing for “petty criminals.”

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