Reported death toll rises as tens of thousands of Iranians join protests

Iran protests: 12 killed amid demonstrations

At least 12 people have now been killed in anti-government protests in Iran and security forces have had to fight off “armed protestors” trying to take over police stations and military bases, reports in the country’s state media suggest.

Authorities had previously confirmed four deaths but the total is now believed to have risen after tens of thousands of people joined the protests, which began last week.

Two people were killed in clashes on Sunday night, adding to the two deaths confirmed on Saturday. Hundreds of people have been arrested in the demonstrations.

State TV reported that some “armed protestors” had tried to storm security facilities.

“Some armed protesters tried to take over some police stations and military bases but faced serious resistance from security forces”, it said.

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