Iranian police disperse crowd gathered in collapsed building

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Police fired tear gas and fired into the air to disperse people gathered near the site of a 10-story building that collapsed that left 28 dead, the semi-official news agency reported. of Iran Fars.

The report said people insisted on entering the venue in the southwestern city of Abadan on Friday night, and the meeting turned into a riot. Police then dispersed people from the area, he said.

In other cities, people gathered peacefully to mourn, according to the report.

A video posted online showed a security officer in Abadan shouting “come back” as he pointed his gun directly at a group of people and fired. In other videos, people can be seen and heard chanting “death to the dictator” and “Our enemy is here, they lie it’s America”. It was unclear whether anyone was injured.

A tower at the Metropol building in Abadan that was under construction collapsed on Monday. Rescue workers pulled two more bodies from the rubble on Saturday, bringing the death toll in the disaster to 28.

Thirty-seven people were rescued and three of them are still being treated in a hospital, according to authorities. It was unclear how many people are buried under the rubble.

Authorities arrested 13 people as part of a wide-ranging investigation into the building’s collapse, including the city’s mayor.

The deadly collapse has raised questions about the safety of similar buildings in the country and highlighted an ongoing crisis in Iranian construction projects. The collapse reminded many of the 2017 fire and the collapse of the iconic Plasco building in Tehran, which killed 26 people.

Abadan provincial officials cited “failure of technical standards” and “excessive construction” during construction, saying the neglect caused the collapse. The building was legally allowed to be a six-story tower, but four floors were added during construction.

Meanwhile, state media reported on Saturday that two police officers and a civilian were injured when two gunmen shot at them in central Tehran, the capital. He said one officer was in critical condition.

The IRNA report said one of the shooters was arrested.

Earlier this month, a senior member of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, was shot dead outside his home in Tehran by unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle.

Gun violence is rare in Iran, where citizens can only own hunting rifles.

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