DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – An angry mob stormed the office of a district governor in southeast Iran on Tuesday, images widely shared on social media one day showed. after shooting at the border left at least two dead and six injured.
Following two violent incidents near the Pakistani border, dozens of protesters descended on the office of Iranian governors in Saravan, one of the main cities of Sistan-Baluchestan, a desert province which is one of the regions most most restless and less developed in Iran.
Videos showed the men shouting “Allahu Akbar” as they knocked through glass doors, ripped off air conditioning units and smashed office furniture against walls. Once inside, protesters waded through piles of overturned chairs and broken glass, throwing objects everywhere.
The Associated Press verified the images against geographic data.
Mohammad Hadi Marashi, deputy governor of Sistan and Balochistan province, told Iranian national television on Tuesday that outrage at the board of governors stemmed from the shooting of several fuel couriers on the Pakistani side of the border near Saravan. the day before.
Marashi singled out Pakistan, saying his forces opened fire on a rally of fuel smugglers trying to re-enter Iran, killing one and injuring four.
Following the shooting, violent clashes erupted at a police station in Saravan on Monday, according to Marashi. Iranian border guards opened fire on fuel smugglers trying to storm the station, injuring several people. They were taken to nearby hospitals, he added, without providing further details.
Pakistani officials reported that a smuggler was killed and several others injured in what they called a “shooting incident” in the border town of Taftan in southwest Balochistan. None of the injured were taken to Pakistan, they said, speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the media.
Taftan is a heavily trafficked smuggling route, primarily for subsidized diesel fuel from Iran to Pakistan. The impoverished province has seen occasional clashes between Iranian forces and militants, drug traffickers and small separatist groups.
Associated Press writer Abdul Sattar of Quetta, Pakistan, contributed to this report.