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Iran: Teen protester Nika Shakarami's body stolen, sources say


Iranian security forces stole the body of a 16-year-old protester, and buried her secretly in a village, sources close to the family told BBC Persian. The family had planned to bury Nika Shakarami on Monday, but her body was snatched and buried in a village about 40km (25 miles) away, the sources said. Nika went missing for 10 days after protesting in Tehran on 20 September. Her aunt said in her last message to a friend she said she was being chased by security forces Nika's family finally found her body in a morgue at a detention centre in the capital. "When we went to identify her, they didn't allow us to see her body, only her face for a few seconds," said Atash Shakarami, Nika's aunt. Nika's family transferred her body to her father's hometown of Khorramabad in the west of the country on Sunday - on what would have been her 17th birthday. Under duress the family agreed not to hold a funeral but security forces "stole" Nika's body from Khorramabad and buried it in the village of Veysian, one source said.