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Iran students say 19 "seriously wounded" in unrest: paper

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iranian students said 19 people were "seriously wounded" in the police attack on a Tehran university dormitory that sparked six days of bloody riots in the capital, reports said Thursday.

The students have demanded a formal investigation into their injuries by police pathologists, the moderate Etelaat paper said.

The official IRNA news agency said the university's public relations office had confirmed the report.

Iranian officials have said only three people were wounded, and one person killed, in the university unrest.

The paper said 187 students filed a joint complaint against the police for physical injuries or destruction of personal property at the dormitory after security forces and Islamic militia attacked a student demonstration.

The complaint was filed with police by a legal representative of the university, the paper said.

Witnesses said police stood by as hardline militia members beat students, some of whom were inside the dormitory and not part of the protest, with clubs and chains.

The volunteer Basiji militia have denied student claims that they were involved in the attack.

At the time many moderate papers said dozens of students were seriously wounded in the disturbances, many of whom they said were later abducted from Tehran hospitals by the secret police.


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