Esmail Qezel-Sofla, the deputy of Fars Province Governor Office for security affairs

One Basij Member Fatally Shot, Three Injured In Southern Iran Attack

Sunday, 09/17/2023

Gunfire by two unidentified assailants in Iran's Fars province on Saturday led to the death of one Basij member and injuries to three others.

Esmail Qezel-Sofla, the deputy for political and security affairs of Fars Province Governor Office, provided details of the attack, stating, "The assailants strategically positioned themselves in the southern vicinity of the Nurabad Mamasani and employed hunting rifles to carry out their assault. The victims sustained injuries from the chest upwards, and the perpetrators swiftly fled the scene following the attack."

Intelligence, security, and law enforcement agencies have launched an intensive operation to identify and apprehend the suspects, as stated by Qezel-Sofla who said one of the injured victims has been transported to a hospital in Shiraz, while the remaining two are currently receiving medical treatment at local healthcare facilities. The victims, he said, are "stable".

The armed attack occurs in the midst of a series of attacks targeting military and paramilitary forces in various cities across Iran, against the backdrop of ongoing protests in recent months. The protests emerged in response to the death of Mahsa Amini while in morality police custody and the subsequent suppression of demonstrators. Such attacks have been directed at military personnel, law enforcement officers, and even clerics.

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