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Protester opens fire on police in Iran, kills 1 injures 3

Protester opens fire on police in Iran, kills 1 injures 3

State media said that armed protesters tried to over-run police stations and military bases.

Mehr reported a gunman had killed a policeman and wounded three other officers during a protest in the same location - the fist reported fatality among Iran's security forces. At least 36 people were killed in 2009, according to an official toll, while the opposition says 72 died.

Official news agencies said that 10 Iranians were killed overnight Monday, while other sources asserted that at least 15 people were killed.

"People of Izeh, like some other cities, held a protest against economic problems and unfortunately it led to the killing of two people and injuries to some others", Hedayatollah Khademi, the local MP, told the ILNA news agency, adding it was unclear who had fired the shots.

State media began showing some footage of the demonstrations on Sunday, focusing on young men attacking banks and vehicles, an attack on a town hall in Tehran, and images of a man burning the Iranian flag.

The unrest is billed as the biggest test for the Iranian regime since 2009, when authorities ruthlessly put down protests which followed a disputed presidential election that gave hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term.

The protester used a sporting gun during the incident, the IRIB TV channel reported on its Telegram messenger account.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged the public's anger over the flagging economy, but he has also warned that rioters and looters will be arrested.

The protests joined by hundreds of people on the pretext of poverty and unemployment in Iran have entered the fifth day.




There were also reports of protests in the cities of Kermanshah, Khorramabad, Shahinshahr and Toyserkan in the west, and Zanjan in north Iran.

US President Donald Trump also voiced his support for the protesters, saying that the Iranian people were "hungry for food & for freedom".

In addition, 377 people have been arrested during the protests, including 200 in the capital Tehran.

"Certainly, the great Iranian nation has closely pursued Mr. Trump's active partnership in violating the Palestinian, Yemeni and Bahraini people's human rights" and remember his hostile approach towards Iranians' visit to the United States, he added.

Previously, Germany called on both Iranian authorities and the protesters to restrain from violence.

Meanwhile, Bahrain became the first Arab Gulf state to issue a travel warning for Iran.

A university student takes part in a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police on Saturday.

Iran's intelligence ministry released a statement saying "instigators" have been identified "and will be dealt with seriously soon".

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