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According to an Iranian state news outlet, a significant fire at Iran’s infamous Evin prison resulted in four detainees dying and 61 others being hurt.

Iran prison fire: Several dead after major fire at Evin prison

The number of casualties is higher, according to sources inside the prison, which is known for harboring political detainees, according to BBC Persian. Gunshots and explosions could be heard while videos posted online showed flames and smoke at the site in Tehran of Iran.

After several weeks of anti-government protests across Iran, a fire broke out. Several hundred protesters have been detained in Evin jail. It is unknown if the jail’s predicament is connected to the protests.

The protests started last month following the murder of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd, while in police custody. She was beaten by morality police, according to her family, who contradicted the official account that she had a heart attack.

Due to the fact that a prominent political prisoner was let home before the fire started, several journalists have accused the authorities of “setting the prison ablaze purposefully” on social media.

According to his brother, Mehdi Hashemi Rafsanjani, the son of the late former president of Iran Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, received “early temporary release.”

According to a government official who accused “criminal elements” for the fire, state media has stated that the incidents at the Evin prison are unrelated to the ongoing protests.

Tehran’s governor reported on state TV that a riot had broken out in the prison’s wing housing minor offenders while speaking from inside the facility.

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