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MID: One protestor shot dead at Tehran rally: local photographer

16 Jun 2009 3:13 AM

TEHRAN, June 15 AFP - One protester was shot dead and several were wounded during a Tehran rally on Monday attended by hundreds of thousands of people demonstrating against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a local Iranian photographer told AFP.

The incident occurred in front of a local base of the Basij volunteer militia, which was on fire, the photographer who declined to be identified said, adding that the dead man had been shot in the head.

An AFP correspondent at the rally said Iranian police clashed with protesters and that crowds of people were seen fleeing.

He said shots were heard and a plume of thick black smoke billowed into the sky above the square in the capital where the rally was being staged.

Police also fired tear gas as dozens of protesters set several motorbikes ablaze, the correspondent said.