Negar Karimian

21-Year-Old Woman Latest Victim Of Iranian Security Forces

Thursday, 03/14/2024

Iran's security forces have killed a 21-year-old woman in what law enforcement claims was a case of mistaken identity as she and her family drove home from a funeral in the early hours of Saturday.

Negar Karimian sustained injuries when law enforcement officers mistakenly fired at their moving car on Saturday and later died in hospital with severe internal bleeding.

US-based Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA) news agency reported that officers suspected the family's vehicle was carrying narcotics and opened fire.

According to Hengaw Human Rights Organization, a Kurdish rights group, Karimian was so badly wounded that her organs were even too damaged to donate.

The incident is the latest in a series of deaths by Iran's security forces. In a similar incident on June 9, a nine-year-old child lost his life after law enforcement officers fired at a van without warning. In January, Iranian security forces shot at a car and killed 20-year-old student Anahita Amirpour, also in Lorestan province.

According to HRANA, a total of 402 citizens were victims of military forces' shootings in 2023, with 120 deaths reported.

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