Iran says 25 people killed in protests

 Iran says 25 people killed in protests

Iran's judiciary says that about 465 people are still being detained across the country for taking part in a wave of antigovernment protests that began nearly three weeks earlier.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhosein Mohseni-Ejei said that 25 people were killed in violence surrounding the protests that started on December 28.

According to him, 25 "ordinary citizens and our own forces were killed during the recent troubles," and claimed that none were killed by gunfire from security forces because "they were ordered not to use their weapons," RFE/RL reported.

Officials had previously said 21 people were killed

Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said 440 "arrested rioters" had been released from detention facilities in Tehran in recent days.

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