It is not clear who killed her. Bystanders say she was shot by members of Iran’s voluntary paramilitary force, the Basij. The government has accused “terrorists” of killing at least 10 people during Saturday’s protests by hundreds of thousands of Iranians who favor annulling Iran’s disputed presidential election, which was officially decided in favor of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The government also describes the demonstrators as rioters and has accused them of working for “foreign agents” after being instructed by the international media. Many of the demonstrators are supporters of presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi.
At the family’s modest travel agency, where Agha Soltan once worked, tense relatives declined to comment. According to sources close to the family, authorities have told them not to talk to the news media.