TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ An Iranian army deserter stole a gun, hijacked a van and shot to death six people, including three policemen, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported Saturday.

The soldier, identified as Siavosh Rahmani-Aqdam, fled after the shootings on Thursday in southern Tehran, and police have mounted a manhunt, IRNA said.

Describing Rahmani-Aqdam as a ``deserter and a known hooligan,'' IRNA said he hijacked a van at gun point minutes after stealing a gun. IRNA did not say where he stole the gun from.

Later, in an ``act of mania,'' the soldier shot dead six people and wounded several others, some of them critically, IRNA said.

It gave no other details.