Protests over gas prices hike: Three Iranian security personnel killed

Three members of the Iranian security forces were killed during the unrest in Tehran, which is part of massive protests against the recent increase in gasoline prices across the country, media reported on Tuesday.

The three were killed by protesters armed with blade weapons, according to Iran's ISNA news agency.

Among those killed was one member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, while the other two were members of the Basij militia, which was also deployed in the city to ensure security in the wake of the protests.

On Monday, government spokesman Ali Rabiei said that several law enforcement officers were killed during the recent rallies in Iran.

Last week, the Iranian government announced an increase in gasoline prices, which sparked the mass protests.

The Iranian authorities said that they had arrested about 1,000 people for rioting and acts of vandalism over the past several days, and media reports indicate that the total number of protesters has exceeded 87,000.