TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The deputy for political and security affairs in Lorestan said two people were killed during a protest rally in the western Iranian province on Saturday, adding that Takfiri groups and foreign intelligence services appear to have been behind the killings.

The remarks on Sunday by Habibollah Khojastepour came a day after a group of protesters clashed with police and security forces in the city of Dorood in Lorestan.

"In this confrontation, our goal was to end the gathering peacefully, but due to the presence of Takfiri and hostile individuals and groups directed by foreign intelligence services, two people were unfortunately killed," he said, according to Press TV.

They had gathered upon a call by "hostile groups" outside Iran which have used European- and US-based media channels to encourage people to riot.

“During the confrontation, no bullet was fired by (Iranian) military, law enforcement, and security forces at the people,” Khojastepour stressed.

"The footprints of hostile and Takfiri individuals and groups and foreign intelligence services are clearly visible in the turmoil in Dorood," he added.

Since Thursday, several Iranian cities, including Tehran, have witnessed sporadic protests against recent price hikes and overall economic conditions.