Iranian security forces shot and killed a man and injured another in an impoverished province in southeastern Iran yesterday bringing the total number of fatal shootings by regime forces to at least six in February.
According to the report by the Baloch Campaign website, anti-narcotics agents in Sistan and Baluchestan shot at Qasem Arzi Zehi’s car without initial warning. His car overturned leading to his death, while another unidentified man who was with him was injured.
This is not an isolated case and the Iranian regime has a long history of fatally shooting Iranians especially the Baluch minority in southeastern Iran and the Kurds in western Iran.
On February 8, an Iranian border porter, or “kolbar” in Kurdish was killed while driving by direct police fire in Salmas, northwestern Iran. 37-year-old Behzad Hashemi was married and father to three children.
Khaled Ahmadpour, the sole breadwinner for his two children and wife was killed on February 3.
In another case on February 3, security forces opened fire on two people riding a motorcycle in Saravan in southeastern Iran. One man was killed while the other person who was identified as his niece/nephew was injured.
In Minab, southern Iran, security forces shot without warning at a man identified as Khalil Sarmasti while he was driving. He was carrying fuel and his car caught on fire leading to his death.
An annual report by a human rights group said that at least 204 Iranian citizens were directly or indirectly killed or wounded by Iran’s state security forces in 2020.According to the report, at least 74 citizens were killed, including 36 kolbars, 5 fuel carriers and 33 other citizens. The 2020 arbitrary shootings injured at least 130 people.