2 law enforcement officials gunned down in Iran’s protest-hit southeast  

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TEHRAN — The Iranian police introduced on Tuesday the deaths of two officers within the nation’s unstable and protest-hit Sistan-Baluchistan province.

The pre-dawn ambush focused a police patrol near the city of Bampour, in keeping with the provincial police commander, Mohammad Qanbari, who was interviewed by Tasnim information company.

The report recognized these shot as Maj. Mokhtar Momeni and Lt. Abouzar Omidvar and blamed the assault on “armed thugs” who injured two different officers within the shootout.

The police commander promised, “The perpetrators will be arrested in no time to face the maximum punishment.”

Impoverished Sistan-Baluchistan, populated by the ethnic Balouch minority and followers of Sunni Islam, shares an extended and porous border with neighboring Pakistan, and has for many years been Iran’s most restive province. In the previous 4 months, the realm has seen a specific uptick in apparently retaliatory assaults focusing on safety forces, who’ve been closely engaged in choking the unrest sparked by the demise in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in mid-September.

Most notably, on Sept. 30, Iranian police and forces affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps opened hearth on unarmed protesters within the provincial capital, Zahedan, killing nearly 100 folks. In what has been lamented as Bloody Friday, the violence marked the worst of the continuing state crackdown. Among these killed in Zahedan had been youngsters, aged and disabled residents, in keeping with rights advocacy organizations together with Amnesty International.

Calls for justice have gone unheeded regardless of protests relentlessly held every Friday following Sunni prayers within the metropolis. Only final week, it witnessed one of the crowded of such rallies, with protesters chanting in opposition to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the IRGC, which they described a terrorist group.

The space’s most distinguished Sunni cleric, Mowlavi Abdul-Hamid, has been ferociously attacking the ruling institution in diatribes as lately as final Friday, when he highlighted the federal government’s refusal to satisfy “public demands for freedom, equality and justice.” In the identical sermons, Abdul-Hamid famous that younger Iranians ought to now not be dominated by officers of their 80s and 90s, an audacious reference to the 83-year Khamenei and a number of other different ageing clerics within the prime echelons of energy.

The criticism has introduced the cleric concerted assaults from the state media. 

Back in November, an anti-government hacktivist group referred to as Black Reward launched what it mentioned was an inside doc after a cyberattack on the IRGC-linked Fars News. At some level within the categorised report, Khamenei appeared to have suggested authorities to “defame” the Sunni cleric over his essential stances.

Earlier on Saturday, the ultraconservative Kayhan each day, which is run by Khamenei’s workplace, described Abdul-Hamid’s speeches as “shameless” and “seditionist,” accusing him of aligning his place with Western and Israeli intelligence providers.