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PAN, January 13, 2011

Angry protesters stone Iranian embassy in Kabul

The protesters chanted full-throated slogans against country and torched posters of Iranian President Ahmadinejad and spiritual leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khomeini.

Khwaja Basir Ahmad

Anti-Iran protest in Kabul
Afghans burn a poster showing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a protest outside Iranian Embassy, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011 in Kabul.

Anti-Iran protest in Kabul
Afghan police guard entrance of Iranian Embassy hit with red paint by protestors. (Photos: AP)
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KABUL: Hundreds of angry Afghans stoned the Iranian embassy in Kabul on Thursday in protest against the blockade of fuel tankers in the neighbouring country.

Nearly 300 people, including women, participated in the protest that started at 10am and continued until 12 noon. Stones and addled eggs were hurled at the embassy.

The protesters chanted full-throated slogans against country and torched posters of Iranian President Ahmadinejad and spiritual leader Ayatollah Syed Ali Khomeini.

Hezb-i-Hambastagi (Solidarity Party) members and relatives of the Afghans, who were killed by Iranian border police, also participated in the demonstration.

They shouted "death to the Iranian government, death to agents of Iran and death to invaders." The protesters said they would not forgive their relatives blood.

Chairman of the party, Daud Zarmak, asked the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) to condemn the killing of Afghans by Iranian border guards and pressure the Islamic republic to stop such outrageous acts forthwith.Haji Shah Muhammad, whose two nephews were shot dead by Iran security officials, urged the Karzai administration to investigate the killing of Afghans.

Shah Gul Khanam, a female participant, accused the Iranian security personnel of killing her cousin at the border in Nimroz province. She also called for bringing the killers to justice.

When approached by Pajhwok Afghan News, the Iranian embassy refused to comment on the protest.

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