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Several Baloch citizens were shot killed, injured, and kept incommunicado by Iranian security forces during protests in the Khaash area of Western Balochistan on Friday.

According to reports, several people were killed and injured by Iranian law enforcement forces’ firing at the demonstrations that started after Friday prayers in the city of Khaash, about 100 Kilometers away from Zahedan, the capital city of Western Balochistan. After the “Police aggression,” the citizens seized some of the government buildings and blocked the roads.

A great number of Baloch population took to the roads in protest after Friday prayers. The demonstrators aimed to record the protest in front of the police station in Zahedan. They were chanting anti-government slogans and slamming the ban on women in Iran.

In several footages published on social media, Iranian forces can be seen directly firing at protesters while the civilians can be seen trying to shift the injured to the hospital on their own.

As per reports, several people were killed by Police firing during the protests, however, the exact number of casualties and injuries in the incident has not been ascertained yet. Whereas, on Friday evening, Iranian intelligence agencies allegedly arrested three Baloch persons in Iranshahr and transferred them to an unknown location. On October 29, at least 3 more children were killed by Iranian security forces during peaceful protests by the people of Zahedan and Saravan. The three deceased children have been identified as Adil Baloch, Omid Naravi, and Aamir Shahnawazi.

It is to be noted that the protests that started in Iran last month after Mahsa Amini’s incident, were also seen in various cities of Western Balochistan. But the series of protests in Western Balochistan was sparked on September 30, by the accusation that a police chief in Chabahar had raped a 15-year-old Baloch girl. The senior officer of the Iranian forces, Commander Colonel Ibrahim Kochzai was accused of detaining the young girl for investigation and allegedly sexually assaulting the girl during the detention.

The violent suppression of peaceful Baloch protestors in Iran’s Zahedan has sparked outrage across Western Balochistan as well.

Amnesty International has claimed in a report on the incident that took place on September 30 in Zahedan that 82 people were killed during the violent incidents. According to Amnesty International, on September 30 in Iran’s Balochistan, 66 people were killed and more than 100 injured when Iranian forces opened fire at the Ehl-e-Sunnat mosque during Friday prayers. After that, due to continuous protests and security forces’ crackdown on them, 16 more people lost their lives, the Amnesty report said.

According to a report by the Iran International news agency, on October 23, eight-year-old Mona Naqeeb Baloch was shot dead by Iranian intelligence officials in Western Balochistan, when she and her sister were going to school.

While the State media in Iran characterized the unrest that started on September 30 as “attacks by extremists on police stations that left five members of the Revolutionary Guards dead.” However, the Baloch activists and nationalists say the horrifying images of bloodied corpses with bullet wounds are emblematic of Tehran’s repressive policies towards the Baloch ethnic minority.


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