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13 killed in violence in Tehran

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

At least 13 people were killed and 20 wounded in post-election violence in the Iranian capital Tehran on Saturday, officials have said.

The casualties occurred after some ‘terrorist elements’ infiltrated the rallies. The armed terrorists set fire on a mosque and two gas stations and attacked a military post.

Despite a ban put by the Interior Ministry for any gatherings and warnings by Iranian police, protesters staged another rally in Tehran to protest to the June 12 election results, in which incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected by almost two-thirds of votes.

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Police used batons, tear gas and water canons to disperse the protesters who gathered near Tehran’s Enqelab Square. Sporadic clashes were reported between security forces and the protesters.

Presidential contenders Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi have called for the nullification of the results and demanded a re-run.

Police officials earlier said they successfully managed to restore security in the main streets of Tehran, adding that calm has returned to the Iranian capital.

On Saturday, Iran’s deputy police commander warned against any illegal gatherings, saying police would firmly deal with any illegal rallies from now on and those who plan such activities would be prosecuted.

This article was posted: Sunday, June 21, 2009 at 7:53 am





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