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Iran protesters seek justice as building collapse toll rises

Iranian vice president Mohammad Mokhber tours the site of the tower block collapse which killed at least 26 people in the southwestern city of Abadan
— Tehran (AFP)

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets in southwestern Iran demanding justice after a tower block collapse killed 26 people, news outlets in the Islamic republic said on Friday.

A large section of the 10-storey Metropol building that was under construction in the city of Abadan crumbled on Monday in one of Iran's deadliest such disasters in years.

Images published by Fars news agency showed hundreds of residents marching along Abadan's streets on Thursday night, mourning those who lost their lives by banging on traditional drums and hitting cymbals.

Some shouted "Death to incompetent officials" and hailed the "Martyrs of Metropol", Fars said.

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