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Soldier Shoots Dead 1 Comrade, 3 Police in Southern Iran

This is a locator map for Iran with its capital, Tehran. (AP Photo)
This is a locator map for Iran with its capital, Tehran. (AP Photo)

A soldier shot to death three policemen and a fellow soldier at a roadside police station in southern Iran on Sunday, the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported.

The violence took place near the town of Bampour, about 1,260 kilometers, (780 miles) southeast of the capital Tehran in the restive Sistan and Baluchistan province.

The southeastern province was gripped by unrest on Friday, drawing a lethal response from security forces and an activist group claimed they killed at least 16 people. It came in the seventh week of anti-government protests sparked by the death in custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was detained after allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women.

Tasnim cited a local police commander to report that the soldier opened fire after a dispute with another soldier over personal issues. The soldier was detained immediately. There were no additional details.

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