A cleric has reportedly been shot dead in the Iranian city of Zahedan amid continuing protests across the country.
Cleric killed in Iran as protests rage on
A cleric at a Shi’ite Muslim mosque in the restive, mostly Sunni Muslim Iranian city of Zahedan has been shot dead, the official news agency IRNA says, threatening a spike in sectarian tensions complicating government efforts to contain widespread unrest.
IRNA named the dead cleric as Sajjad Shahraki.
“A special task force has been formed for the purpose of identifying and arresting the perpetrators,” Sistan-Baluchistan province police commander Ahmad Taheri said.
Zahedan was the scene of one of the deadliest days during a wave of popular protests that have swept the Islamic Republic since the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in the custody of the morality police on September 16.