A police car ran over four Iranians traveling on two motorcycles in the south-eastern city of Fanuj on the evening of April 25, killing a 16-year-old teenager and seriously injuring three others, human rights activists say.
Haalvsh, a group that monitors rights violations in Sistan and Baluchistan province, said that police officers shot at demonstrators who had gathered in the streets after the incident, inflicting injuries to three more people.
The semi-official Fars news agency reported that police shot in the air "because some protesters threw stones and glass” at a police station.
State media quoted local officials as saying that the teenager’s death was caused by the collision of two motorcycles. They also reported that two people were injured in the accident.
Sistan and Baluchistan’s police chief, Ali Rahimi, ordered an investigation into the incident.
A large number of military vehicles belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps reportedly left the city of Iranshahr for Fanuj after the incident, according to Haalvsh.
The Baluch Activists' Campaign identified the teenager killed as Samir Gardhani. It said one of those wounded in the incident is in a coma and another one suffered a broken arm and leg.
Tension is running high in Sistan and Baluchistan, home to Iran's Sunni Baluch minority of up to 2 million people.
Anti-government protests sparked by the September 2022 death of a young woman in police custody