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Iranian forces kill 5 protesters amid unrest over woman’s death — rights group

Iranian security forces killed five protesters on Monday, according to a rights group, amid widespread unrest over the death of a young woman who had been detained for violating the country’s conservative dress code.

The morality police detained the 22-year-old Mahsa Amini last Tuesday for not covering her hair with the Islamic headscarf, known as hijab, which is mandatory for Iranian women. She died while in custody, setting off protests around the country.

Troops opened fire on demonstrators in Iran’s Kurdish region, according to a Kurdish group, the Hengaw Human Rights Organization.

Two of the killings occurred in Amini’s home city of Saqez. The other protesters were killed in the towns of Divandarreh and Dehgolan, the group said.

There has been no official mention of the deaths and the group’s claims have not been verified.

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