The parents of a 16-year-old boy, who is believed to have been killed during a protest in Iran, have made a desperate plea to find the person who “emptied 24 bullets into his stomach”.
In a video, Ali Adinezade, father of Abolfazl Aindezadeh, questioned why his son was killed and urged anyone with footage of the incident to send it to him.
Numerous protests have taken place across the country following the death of the 22-year-old Mahsa Aminidied after being detained by the National Vice Police for allegedly breaking the dress code strictly enforced by the Islamic Republic.
Iranian officials insisted she was not abused in custody and said she died of a heart attack.
According to Mr Adinezade, his son was killed near an underpass while taking part in a protest in Mashhad, Iran’s second most populous city.
“I just want to know what sin my child committed for you to empty 24 bullets into his stomach,” he said in the clip posted on the Telegram messaging app.
“People who were there, apparently heading towards the Bahonar underpass, the park roundabout underpass, there they did this to my son.”
Clutching a picture of Abolfazl and sitting next to his wife, Mr Adinezade added: “I want the killer to be introduced to me and face me. I beg anyone who has clips of this scene, please send them to us .”
After greeting those who offered their condolences, he said everyone, especially young people and schoolchildren, had “suffered” as a result.
“Everyone cried with us. I just want to know who the murderer is,” he pleaded.
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