Iran police "free Karroubi from hardliners' siege"

Iranian police on Monday helped opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi escape a day after rival hardline loyalists surrounded him in a cleric's house, a website close to the government said.

Pro-regime backers had encircled the home of opposition sympathiser Grand Ayatollah Yousef Sanaei on Saturday after Karroubi arrived to visit him in the holy city of Qom, chanting slogans against the two.

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