On November 16, five people, including a child and woman, were killed and at least 15 others were wounded in the oil-rich Khuzestan province in southwestern Iran as a result of what the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) called a “terrorist attack”.
Security Deputy of Khuzestan said that deadly attack was carried out by two motorcyclists who opened fire on people in a busy local market in the city of Izeh. Members of the security forces were among those killed in the attack, according to the official, who also revealed that some of the wounded are in critical condition.
In a separate attack, gunmen shot dead two members of Iran’s paramilitary Basij in the central city of Isfahan, according to the IRNA. The gunmen were also riding motorcycles, just like the attackers in Izeh.
It was not immediately clear what motivated the attacks or if they were linked to the protests that have been ongoing in Iran for more than two months. The protests were ignited by the September 16 death of a 22-year-old Iranian-Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini who was being held by the country’s morality police.
Violence erupted in Iran along with the protests. Iran blamed several recent terrorist attacks on separatists and religious extremists, including the October 26 Shah Cheragh shrine shooting attack in the southern city of Shiraz that killed over a dozen people and was eventually claimed by ISIS.
Iran has been accusing foreign powers, including the United States and Israel, of supporting the protests and violence on its territory.
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