Schoolboy protester dies in Iran after reportedly being shot at close range

Weronika Strzyżyńska

A 17-year-old schoolboy has died in Iran’s second largest city, Mashhad, after reportedly being shot at close range by state forces during anti-government protests. Abolfazl Adinezadeh’s death certificate showed that he died of liver and kidney damage caused by birdshot, according to a BBC Persian report. A doctor was cited as estimating the distance from which the teenager was shot on 8 October as less than 1 metre.

Abolfazl Aindezadeh, 17, who died during a protest in Iran on 8 October. Photograph: No Credit

Protests have spread across Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini in police custody on 16 September. On Thursday, lawyers for Amini’s family rejected the findings of an official medical report that said the death of the 22-year-old, who had been detained over the way she was dressed, was not a result of beatings she received in custody.

Authorities have not commented on the death of the teenager in Mashhad. Abolfazl’s father, in emotional video footage of the boy’s funeral posted on social media, said: “What crime had he committed, that you sprayed his stomach with 24 birdshot?”…