Iran official confirms deaths of 3 Iranians in Kurdistan, says causes 'suspicious'

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Newspapers, with a cover picture of Mahsa Amini, a woman who died after being arrested by the Islamic republic's "morality police" are seen in Tehran, Iran September 18, 2022. Majid Asgaripour/WANA (West Asia News Agency) via REUTERS

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DUBAI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - An Iranian official on Tuesday confirmed the deaths of three people during days of protests in the Kurdistan region of Iran, semi-official Fars news agency reported, calling the deaths "suspicious" but without elaborating.

"A citizen of Divandarreh was killed with a (type of weapon) that isn't used by the armed forces. Terrorist groups are looking to kill, so families should take care of their children," said Kurdistan Province Governor Esmail Zarei Koosha.

Protests have taken place in several cities across Iran after a young woman, Mahsa Amini, fell into a coma and died after her arrest in Tehran last week by the morality police for "unsuitable attire".

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Reporting by Dubai Newsroom Editing by Mark Heinrich

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