A total of nine people, including a woman and two children, were killed in two separate attacks during protests in southern Iran. The news agency AFP reported the information with reference to the state media on Thursday.

The protesters were reportedly fired upon from motorcycles.

A senior judicial official in Khuzestan province said three suspects had been arrested and others were being sought after the first attack on protesters and security forces in the city of Ezeh on Wednesday.

A separate attack occurred four hours later in Isfahan, Iran’s third-largest city. Two motorcycle-borne assailants opened fire on Basij paramilitary personnel with automatic weapons. Fars news agency reported that two people were killed and two others were injured.

The attack took place in protest against the death of Mahsa Amini on September 16, the third anniversary of bloody unrest against fuel price hikes.

Iran’s official news agency IRNA reported, “Two wounded people died early Thursday morning, bringing the death toll to seven and the number of wounded to eight.”

A 45-year-old woman and two children aged 9 and 13 were among the dead, said an official at Jondishapur Hospital in the provincial capital Ahvaz.

In an interview with state television, a security official said two Basij and three police officers were among the eight injured.

A terrorist group took advantage of a gathering of protesters in front of the local central market and opened fire on people and security officials, IRNA said.

Two motorcycle-riding assailants opened fire at a central market in the city of Ijeh at 5:30 p.m., killing five people and wounding 10, Deputy Governor Waliullah Hayati told state television on security in Khuzestan.

The attack is the second that Iranian authorities have blamed on “terrorists” since Amini’s death sparked nationwide protests after her arrest for violating Iran’s hijab dress code for women.

After the Isfahan shooting, President Ibrahim Raisi ordered authorities to take swift action to identify the perpetrators of the attack and hand them over to the justice system for punishment, Fars News reported.

At least 13 people were killed in an armed attack claimed by the Islamic State group on a Shiite Muslim shrine in the southern city of Shiraz, according to an official toll on October 26.

(November 17)