Two German diplomats have been detained in connection with deadly protests in December, Iran’s state radio quoted an unnamed Iranian deputy intelligence minister as saying on Wednesday.

The report also quoted the intelligence official as saying the Germans had been involved in organizing the riots, but he provided no further details.

In Berlin, Foreign Ministry spokesman Andreas Peschke said he was unaware of any German diplomats having been detained in Iran. He also rejected the allegations that Berlin had had a hand in the protests.

At least eight people died in clashes between security forces and opposition supporters across Iran last month. It was the worst bloodshed since the height of the protests following the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last summer.

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