Iran officials blame Islamic State as two demonstrators reported dead

Tehran – Two people participating in this week's protests against the Iranian government are dead, though there is confusion about the party responsible for their death

Iranian state television reported Sunday about the deaths in the town of Dorud, though rumours of the deaths had circulated already on social media on Saturday.
Government officials in the western Iranian province of Lorestan said the police were not involved in the killings. Security chief Habibollah Khojasteh said that there were signs that members of the Islamic State militia had been involved, according to media reports.
The nationwide protests began Thursday. According to local reports, thousands have taken to the streets to air their grievances - regarding the high cost of living, unemployment and Tehran's Middle East policies, among other things - despite warnings from security officials and arrests.

Sunday, December 31st 2017

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