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Reuters, February 2, 2010

Afghans protest to Iran over border killings

Five Afghans were killed in firing by Iran's frontier forces and the other two were wounded

Reporting by Sayed Salahuddin; Editing by David Fox

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BBC Persian (Translated by RAWA), May 3, 2007: We worked in Iran. One day at seven in the morning, policemen entered the place where we worked and asked us to come with them quickly so they could move us to Afghanistan. We begged them to give us some time so we could take our salary from the owner but we had not yet finished that they threw us down from the building (an injured man in a hospital in Herat)

Afghanistan protested on Tuesday against what it said was the killing of five of its nationals by Iranian border forces.

Host to millions of Afghan refugees for decades, Iran is also a key transit route for Afghanistan's opium and heroin trade.

The incident happened on Monday when a group of seven Afghans were trying to enter Iran, an Afghan foreign ministry official said, adding all were teenage males.

Five Afghans were killed in firing by Iran's frontier forces and the other two were wounded, the ministry said in a statement, adding it was demanding an explanation for the incident.

Iran in recent years has clamped down on cross border movement of Afghans who travel to its soil without proper documents, amid some killings of people it has called drug smugglers.

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