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Death of Mohammad Eghbal Naibzahi

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Death of Mohammad Eghbal Naibzahi[edit]

Mohammad Eghbal Naibzahi (Persian: محمداقبال نائب‌زهی) (9 January 2005 – September 30, 2022) was a 16-year-old Iranian teenager who was brutally killed by Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), governmental terrorism organization in Iran, in a massacre shooting on Bloody Friday of Zahedan..[1][2][3] He was one of thousands of innocent people in Makki Grand Mosque to perform Friday prayer where IRGC officers fired on them to make a fake terrorist attack for deviating public attention from national Mahsa Amini protest.[4] Mohammad was shot to his back by a snipers’ bullet and died in the moment. His family received his beloved son's dead body from Makki Grand Mosque and kept the body under ice for the night at their own home,[5] refusing to give it to the morgue due to the fear of IRGC stealing the dead body as happened in many cases in the past. The family had been under tremendous pressure through Islamic regime security forces to not interview with any international news agency and circulate muhammad’s death on any social platform.[5] IRGC has tried to silence the family by paying money and giving the “shaheed” title to their son. The death of Mohammad and many other innocent people on Bloody Friday sparked an ongoing series of massive protest and civil unrest against of Islamic regime supreme leader in Sistan and bluchestan province of Iran.[6]


Mohammad Eghbal Naibzahi was born on 9 January 2005 in Zahedan, Sistan and Baluchestan province. There is little known public information about his background. According to his brother [5], Ehsan, Mohammad was a construction worker since middle childhood (the age of 9). Like many other Baloch children, he didn't have a birth certificate, was grown in poverty, didn't get education and was forced to work as a child labor to make money for his family expenses. Among his friends and relatives, he was known as a kind and thoughtful boy.


Mohammad's father's house is more than 12 km away from Makki Mosque. On Bloody Friday, Mohammad didn't have enough money to pay for a ride, so he went on foot to get to the mosque. As usual, there were thousands of Baloch people in the mosque to hold the prayer. A person who participated in the prayer explained in an interview with Iran Human Rights Documentation Center that the atmosphere in the mosque was normal that day. According to this source, there was no tension among the people and there was no talk of holding a rally [7]. According to the witness of Iran's Human Rights Document Center, the Friday prayer ceremony started when the congregation stood to pray around 11:17 am. People's prayer and worship usually lasts until 12:10 to 12:20 noon. about five to eight minutes after the prayer ended at or around 12:30 p.m., the IRGC forces violently opened the fire with heavy snipers, from the heights where the forces had a full view of the inside of the mosque, and Mohammad was shot from the behind under the cascade of bullets. He died right after the bullet hit his body. At least a hundred innocent people were killed on that day. Due to Mohammad’s and other Baloch children’s death in the mosque [1], schools in Zahedan and Nosratabad were shut down temporarily due to concerns for the welfare of schoolchildren [8].  

On 6 October 2022 Amnesty International report found that on 30 September government forces had "unlawfully fired live ammunition, metal pellets and teargas" directly into the vicinity of the Great Mosalla of Zahedan prayer site, a large prayer site across the road from the police station, "where hundreds of people, including children and older people, were still performing Friday prayers." Amnesty International acknowledged "a minority of protesters throwing stones towards the police station", but found no evidence that "would justify the use of lethal force". Amnesty International further stated that "many victims killed (were) facing away from the security forces and posed no imminent threat". The report stated there were 66 deaths accounted for so far, plus an unknown number of additional victims [9]


The family transported Mohammad's body to a graveyard located in Lar village (near Zahedan) for burial, intending to hold the ceremony on 1 October. The family was under security forces’ pressure to not hold a funeral ceremony and instead bury his body in silence. Despite the pressure, the family invited anyone interested to join the funeral [5]. Images of Mohammad's tombstone shows this word carved on it: "Shaheed", which reiterates that he died for his country, religion and freedom.


  1. 1.0 1.1 p.par (2022-10-20). "Bloody Friday in Zahedan". Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  2. "دستگیری و کشتار کودکان و استفاده ابزاری از آنان؛ رویه همیشگی در جمهوری اسلامی". ایندیپندنت فارسی (in فارسی). 2022-10-06. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  3. "". Twitter. Retrieved 2022-12-28. External link in |title= (help)
  4. p.par (2022-10-23). "جمعه خونین زاهدان". مرکز اسناد حقوق بشر ایران (in فارسی). Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 قاضی, فرشته (24 October 2022). "محمداقبال نائب‌زهی؛ پیکرش ۲۴ ساعت وسط اتاق پذیرایی پدرش بود". رادیو فردا (in فارسی). Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  6. "Another Day Of Protest In Zahedan In Memory Of Bloody Friday". Iran International. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  7. p.par (2022-10-20). "Bloody Friday in Zahedan". Iran Human Rights Documentation Center. Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  8. "مدارس زاهدان تعطیل شد". روزنامه دنیای اقتصاد (in فارسی). Retrieved 2022-12-28.
  9. "Iran: At least 82 Baluchi protesters and bystanders killed in bloody crackdown". Amnesty International. 2022-10-06. Retrieved 2022-12-28.

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