Commander stabbed during protests in Iran over woman’s death | world news

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A commander of a pro-government paramilitary force has been killed during protests in Tehran since the death of Mahsa Amini.

The man led a local branch of Basij, a paramilitary wing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tasked with suppressing dissent, and was stabbed to death in the northeastern city of Mashhad on Wednesday.

Another Basij member, Abdolhossein Mojaddami, was shot dead by “rioters and gangs”, according to local news agencies.

The protests began after the death of Ms Amini, 22, who was arrested in Tehran on Friday by vice police who said she was breaking strict dress codes for women. She died three days later.

Police said she had a heart attack and was taken to hospital, but her father said she had no medical conditions and blamed police for her death.

It was reported that she was hit with batons and suffered brain damage.

In protests across the country – and at Iranian consulates abroad – women have burned their hijabs and cut their hair. On Thursday, police stations and vehicles were torched during protests.

People light a fire during a protest against the death of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "vice squad", in Tehran, Iran September 21, 2022. WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.  BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE DUE TO LIGHTING CONDITIONS
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Tehran was at the center of the protests, but they spread across the country and to Iranian consulates abroad

Several other people, including a 16-year-old boy and a “police aide”, have also been killed since the protests began.

The Iranian government has said it will investigate Ms Amini’s death.

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