An Iranian police officer (center) raises a baton to disperse demonstrators during a protest for Mahsa Amini in Tehran. Photo/Al Arabiya
The governor of Iran’s Kurdistan province confirmed the deaths of 3 people during protests in the region and accused anti-government demonstrators of being responsible for the deaths.
Esmail Zarei-Kousha said three people from different areas of Kurdistan were killed during an “illegal gathering.”
“Investigations have shown that these people were shot and killed by enemies of the regime and with weapons not used by the security forces and military in the province,” he said as quoted by Al Arabiya, Wednesday (21/9/2022).
He did not specify when the death occurred. He also accused opposition groups of trying to kill protesters and blamed the regime.
Meanwhile an Iranian Kurdish rights group on Monday said at least four people were killed, more than a dozen injured, and a 10-year-old girl was in critical condition after being shot in the head by security forces.
Rights group Hengaw said Iranian security forces opened fire on protesters in the city of Saqqez, the hometown of Mahsa Amini who died in custody, in Kurdistan province, killing two people.
“In Divandarreh, also in Kurdistan province, where violent clashes erupted between protesters and security forces earlier on Monday, at least two residents died after being taken to Kosar Hospital in Sanandaj and 15 others were injured,” Hengaw said.
The rights group also said that a 10-year-old girl was in critical condition after being shot in the head in Not, a city in West Azerbaijan province.
Videos shared on Twitter showed protesters in several cities clashing with Iranian security forces late Monday and chanting slogans against the regime and its supreme authority, Supreme Spiritual Leader Ali Khamenei.