An Iranian soldier has opened fire on personnel at a police station in Bampur in the flashpoint province of Sistan and Baluchestan killing four on Sunday.
Social media users say the incident is related to the heavy crackdown on protesters by government forces in the southeastern province.
However, the city police chief alleges that a personal dispute between the attacker and another soldier led to the shooting while other personnel present at the headquarters intervened.
“This incident led to death of three police staff and one soldier, and the assailant is under arrest,” added Bampur’s police chief.
Sistan and Baluchestan has been the hotbed of anti-regime demonstrations since September after protests against Mahsa Amini’s death spread to over 100 cities across Iran.
Security forces killed scores of Sunnis during protests on September 30, and the influential cleric of the provincial capital Zahedan Molavi Abdolhamid held Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei responsible.
The attack by the IRGC left more than 90 unarmed Baluch citizens dead as reported by human rights watchdogs in Iran and abroad.
Security forces once again opened fire at protesters with live ammunition while a huge crowd of people chanted “Death to Khamenei” and “Death to Dictator” during protests in Khash and Zahedan following Friday prayers November 4.
Molavi Abdolhamid, who called for a plebiscite in Iran during his Friday prayer sermon November 4, confirmed the death of at least 16 people and dozens of more injuries in Khash.