Gunmen Kill Policeman in Iran's Southeast

The shooting took place on the road from Delgan to Iranshahr city in Iran. AFP
The shooting took place on the road from Delgan to Iranshahr city in Iran. AFP
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Gunmen Kill Policeman in Iran's Southeast

The shooting took place on the road from Delgan to Iranshahr city in Iran. AFP
The shooting took place on the road from Delgan to Iranshahr city in Iran. AFP

Gunmen shot dead a policeman and wounded his wife in Iran's restive southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, state media reported Saturday.

"Last night... police captain Abbas Rahanjam was martyred and his wife was wounded," after they were shot by armed assailants, Khodabakhsh Pakirshahi, a deputy governor of the province's Delgan county was quoted as saying by state news agency IRNA.

The shooting took place on the road from Delgan to Iranshahr city, the official said, adding that the captain's wife was transferred to hospital for treatment.

Assailants "using Kalashnikov rifles", fired at the police officer's car, and "ran away from the scene," said provincial police chief Ahmad Taheri, according to the ISNA news agency.

"Police investigations have been launched to identify and arrest the on-the-run perpetrators," AFP quoted him as saying.

The province, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, is often hit by attacks or clashes between security forces and armed groups, generally involving smuggling gangs as well as separatists or extremist groups.

Three members of the police, including a colonel, were killed in clashes with an armed group in the province in November, state media reported at the time.



Iran Top Court Overturns Rapper Toomaj Salehi’s Death Sentence, Lawyer Says

People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
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Iran Top Court Overturns Rapper Toomaj Salehi’s Death Sentence, Lawyer Says

People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)
People hold placards bearing portraits of Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi, who is arrested in Iran, and portraits of children (L), who were killed during the protests in Iran, during a rally in support of Iranian women in Istanbul, on November 26, 2022. (AFP)

Iran's supreme court has overturned Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi's death sentence on charges linked to the country's 2022-23 period of unrest, his lawyer wrote in a post on the X social media platform on Saturday.

"The death sentence of #Toomaj_Salehi was overturned and based on the appeal decision ...of the Supreme Court, the case will be referred to (another) branch for consideration," attorney Amir Raisian wrote on X.

There was no immediate official confirmation of the ruling.

Salehi's songs supported protests sparked by the death in police custody of Mahsa Amini, a young Kurdish Iranian woman arrested for allegedly wearing an "improper" hijab.