Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Security officer and 4-year-old killed in gun battle, says Kurdistan province news source

A battle between five unidentified gunmen and the regime's security forces in the streets of Saghez, Kurdistan province on September 20, 2010, left a 4-year-old boy and a member of the security detail dead, according to Rawa News.

Rawa, a site dedicated to news from Kurdistan province, reported that the skirmish occurred on Tuesday morning in Ostad Shirazi Street, on the fringes of Saghez, a town in northwestern Iran with a population of 150,000. The young boy was identified as Matin Ebrahimi, son of Ata.

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Video posted on YouTube claimed to show the aftermath of the gunfight and the covered body of the child.

Another graphic video showed what appeared to be a lifeless body under a different sheet, though neither the age, nor the gender of the individual can be determined from the grainy footage. The language spoken in both videos is Kurdish.

The protracted gun battle raged for an hour after the unidentified men were surrounded by security forces, according to witnesses. Rawa News wrote that several regime troops were also injured, but that no other details of casualties were available.

Saghez is currently under a security blanket, per news sources.