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Armed Attack on Iranian Paramilitary Forces Leaves One Dead and Three Injured: Motive and Connection to Anniversary Unclear

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Armed Men Attack Paramilitary Forces in Southern Iran

Armed men targeted a group of paramilitary forces in southern Iran, resulting in the death of one member and the injury of three others, as reported by state media on Sunday.

Motive Behind the Attack Unknown

The motive behind the attack, which occurred on the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death and the outbreak of protests across the country, remains unclear. Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old who died while in police custody, became a symbol of the protests. However, it is uncertain if the attack was connected to the anniversary.

Details of the Attack

The attack took place in the town of Nourabad, approximately 630 kilometers (390 miles) south of Tehran. Members of the Basij paramilitary force were the target, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Separate Incident Near Saqqez

In another incident, a man was shot by security forces near Saqqez in western Iran. The man had entered an area with military restrictions, but his condition remains undisclosed.

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Varying Reports on the Man’s Condition

A local human rights group previously stated that the man’s condition was critical, while the semi-official Fars News Agency reported it as stable.

Heavy Deployment of Security Forces

On the anniversary, Tehran and areas inhabited by Kurds saw a significant presence of Iranian security forces, reflecting the tension and sensitivity surrounding the event.

Mahsa Amini’s Death and Subsequent Protests

Mahsa Amini, a Kurdish woman, died on September 16, 2022, after being arrested by Iranian morality police in Tehran for allegedly violating the country’s strict dress code for women. Her death sparked nationwide protests and calls for the overthrow of the Iranian government. The authorities responded with a brutal crackdown, resulting in numerous casualties and thousands of arrests, according to human rights groups.

Continued Discontent and Dress Code Enforcement

Although the protests subsided earlier this year, signs of discontent still persist. Women defiantly flouted the dress code for several months after the protests, leading authorities to launch a renewed campaign to enforce it during the summer.

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