Dec 03, 2019 20:55 UTC
  •  Unknown attacker fatally shoots police officer in southwestern Iran

An unknown assailant has gunned down a member of the local law enforcement force in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan.

The incident came on Tuesday morning (local time) in the province’s Shadegan County, Mehr News Agency reported.

The victim was taken to the hospital, but died later, succumbing to injuries. The report did not name the victim, who was only identified as a member of the Patrol Unit of the county’s 11th Police Station.

Police reinforcements, however, immediately gave chase to the attacker. The pursuit led to a firefight, which saw the attacker receiving two gunshots in both feet.

The gunman was finally arrested and the attack weapon seized.

The incident came after foreign-backed rioters resorted to extensive violence across the country using recent protests against fuel price hike as an excuse.

Several civilians and members of the country’s armed forces have recently been killed by riotous elements brandishing firearms and other weaponry.

There is no official tally on the number of the casualties yet. On November 20, Iranians in Tehran Province’s Malard County laid to rest a serviceman and a civilian — one of the commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC)’s Imam Hossein Battalion in the county, and an employee with Malard’s Municipality — who had been martyred at the hands of rioters.