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Opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi Photo: AFP
Opposition leader Mehdi Karoubi Photo: AFP

Iran opposition leader Karoubi's car 'hit by gunfire'

Basij militiamen surround opposition leader's car in northern town of Qazvin, where leader was attending memorial ceremony for slain opposition protesters

Published: 01.08.10, 12:03 / Israel News

The armored car of one of Iran's opposition leaders, Mehdi Karoubi, was hit by gunfire in the northern town of Qazvin, his party's website reported Friday, but only the windows were damaged.


Karoubi was in the town to attend a mourning ceremony for slain opposition protesters organized by a reformist former member of parliament, said.


"Around 500 basiji (members of the Basij Islamic militia) and residents of nearby villages surrounded the place where he was and attacked the building with stones, breaking windows," it said.


After four hours, anti-riot police finally intervened to get Karroubi out of the building.


"As his car was pulling away, it was attacked and hit by gunfire. But, as it is an armored car, only the windows were damaged."


There was no immediate word from the authorities on the incident.


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