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Five Iranian security forces killed in northern Tehran attacks

General Saeed Montazer-al-Mahdi, an Iranian police spokesman

Five Iranian security forces have been killed in a series of attacks by members of a Dervish cult in northern Tehran, where the assailants held an illegal gathering and engaged in clashes with police.

In one of the incidents, which took place overnight in Tehran’s Pasdaran neighborhood, one attacker ploughed a bus through a group of policemen, killing three of them, said General Saeed Montazer-al-Mahdi, a police spokesman.

The attack came during an unauthorized gathering by the so-called Gonabadi Dervishes near a police station, during which they engaged in clashes with ordinary people and police forces, according to officials.

Montazer-al-Mahdi later said in a Telegram post that two members of the Basij volunteer force had also lost their lives in separate car-ramming and stabbing attacks at the site.

The bus also struck several parked cars and injured several pedestrians. The assailants further damaged cars and broke the windows of nearby buildings.

As many as 30 security forces and several rioters were injured in the attacks.

IRNA reported that more than 300 people, among them the drivers of the bus and the car as well as the main elements behind the incident, had been arrested.

Montazer-al-Mahdi said security forces managed to restore calm and order to the area in the early hours of Tuesday.

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