DUBAI: At least five people were killed in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province on Wednesday in what state media described as a terror attack.
Iranian state television said 15 other people were injured in the attack at the market in the city of Izeh. The semi-official ISNA The news agency said two gunmen in a car opened fire on people.
Iran’s Arab ethnic minority, who live mainly in Khuzestan, have joined weeks of protests sparked by the death in custody of an Iranian girl Mahsa Amini September 16.
“Five people were killed in the terrorist attack, including a child, a woman and three men,” a local official said. Valiollah Hayati said on state television.
ISNA said two members of Iran’s Basij volunteer militia were among those killed.
Last month, Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a shrine in the Iranian city of Shiraz which killed 15 people and injured dozens.
The semi-official Tasnim news agency said the Izeh seminary school was set on fire by anti-government protesters. Social media videos, unverifiable by Reuters, showed the building on fire as gunshots could be heard.
Protests sparked by death of 22-year-old Amini while in the custody of Iran’s morality police, they became one of the boldest challenges to religious leaders since the 1979 revolution.
Iranians continued anti-government protests on Wednesday despite an increasingly deadly state crackdown, social media showed. Iranian authorities have accused foreign adversaries of stirring up unrest to destabilize the Islamic republic.

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