A colonel of Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has been stabbed to death in a western Kurdish city, state media reported, as security forces clashed with anti-government protesters in several cities across the country.
"Colonel Nader Bairami, the IRGC’s intelligence officer in Kermanshah province, was killed by rioters while on duty," the semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported on November 18.
Several other people were wounded as the riot squad clashed with protesters in the provincial capital, also named Kermanshah.
The previous day, a police colonel and three members of the Basij paramilitary were also stabbed to death in two separate incidents in the western city of Sanandaj, Kurdistan province, and in Mashad, in the country’s northeast.
Iran has been gripped by a wave of protests sparked by the September death of a 22-year-old Kurdish woman, Mahsa Amini, following her arrest by Tehran’s morality police for allegedly breaching the strict dress code for women.
The protests have been met by a harsh crackdown by security forces in which more than 340 people have been killed, including 43 children. Thousands of people have also been arrested. Five people have so far been sentenced to death over the protests.