Basij member shot dead in western Iran: State media

A member of Iran’s Basij paramilitary force was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the country’s western Kurdistan province on Wednesday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

Basij member Ali Fattahi was shot with live ammunition in the city of Marivan in Kurdistan province, Tasnim said.

“The necessary measures are being taken to identify and arrest” the perpetrators, it added.

The Basij is a paramilitary arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Iran typically deploys members of the Basij across the country when faced with anti-regime protests to suppress them.

Iran has reported the deaths of several Basij members since the start of anti-regime protests sparked by the death in police custody of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini over three months ago.

Amini had been detained by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly not complying with the regime’s strict hijab rules.

Demonstrators have been calling for regime change in the protests which have become one of the boldest challenges to the regime since its establishment in 1979.

At least 416 people, including 51 children and 27 women, have been killed by security forces in the protests, Oslo-based rights group Iran Human Rights (IHR) said on Tuesday.

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