Iranian police says 2 officers killed in recent protests

Xinhua News Agency | Nov 20, 2019 at 1:07 PM

TEHRAN, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Law Enforcement Police announced Wednesday that two police officers were killed in recent protests against government's measure to ration subsidized gasoline and increase its prices, semi-official FARS News Agency reported.

"A number of police forces were wounded and two others were martyred in the recent incidents," Spokesman of Iran's Law Enforcement Police Ahmad Nourian was quoted by FARS as saying.

Some of Iran's volunteer militia Basij forces were also killed in the violence, the spokesman added.

He said the police forces had tried to distinguish ordinary citizens who attended peaceful protests from those who were trying to turn the protests violent.

Large number of police and security forces were deployed in sensitive parts of the cities and towns to ensure security for people's daily life.

On Tuesday, Iran's Judiciary Spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili announced that calm was restored in the country.

"Thanks to the leader's remarks, the efforts by the security and law enforcement police forces and people's vigilance who separated their path from the ill-wishers and violence-seekers, calm has been restored in the country," Esmaili was quoted by FARS as saying.

According to media reports, some 1,000 people were arrested across the country.