Iran claims peace has been reinstated after three security personnel were killed by 'rioters'

People stop their cars in a highway to show their protest for increased gas price in Tehran, Iran. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, India Nov 19, 2019, 02.00 PM (IST) Written By: Bharat Sharma

Iranian security forces' three members were allegedly stabbed to death by ''rioters'' near Tehran, AFP reported yesterday.

According to sources, the perpetrators had knives and machetes on them. They then proceeded to ambush a Revolutionary Guard and two members of the Basij militia, in the capital city.

A surprise 50 per cent hike in petrol price triggered strikes and violent demonstrations all over Iran, after which five people have been killed by now. 

The protests have subsided, an Iranian judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday, a day after the elite Revolutionary Guards warned of "decisive" action if anti-government protests do not cease.

One of the three was identified as Morteza Ebrahimi, a commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and father of a newborn child, according to Fars.

The other two were Majid Sheikhi, 22, and Mostafa Rezaie, 33. Both served in the Basij militia, a volunteer force loyal to the establishment.

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State television said a ceremony would be held for Ebrahimi and Rezaie in Tehran on Tuesday afternoon.

So far, 1000 rioters have been arrested by the security forces

"Calm has been restored in the country," Iran's judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili told a news conference.

Hundreds of young and working-class Iranians expressed their anger at squeezed living standards, state corruption and a deepening gap between rich and poor. 

(With inputs from Reuters and AFP)