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At least 2 killed in protests across Iran overnight

Clash between pro- and anti-government protesters taking part in the rallies in killed at two people, as reported by the local media, citing officials. These are the first fatalities attributed to the recent uprising in Iran.

The deaths were reported in the city of Doroud (Dorud), 325 kilometers southwest of Tehran, in Iran’s western Lorestan Province, the semi-official Mehr Agency reported. The unauthorized rally ignited clashes, Habibollah Khojastepour, the security deputy of Lorestan’s governor, told the agency, adding that two protesters were killed in the clashes.

“The gathering was to be ended peacefully, but due to the presence of the [agitators], unfortunately, this happened,” Khojastepour said. The official did not specify the causes of the deaths, adding that “no bullets were shot from and security forces at the people.”

The ongoing protests across started on Thursday as a against soaring prices and unemployment, snowballing into the biggest anti-government movement in eight years.

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