PAN, April 7, 2011

8 Afghans shot dead near Iran border

8 Afghans shot dead near Iran border

By Ahmad Quraishi

Iran's border police killed eight Afghans trying to cross the border into the neighbouring country near the Islam Qala dry port in western Herat province, an official said on Thursday.

The Afghans were killed by Iranian border police guards when they attempted to enter Iran last Friday night, a police official, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News. There were a total nine Afghans and eight of them were killed, he said.

The only surviving Afghan, Khalil said the dead included six residents of Ghor province, two residents of Badghis and one resident of Islam Qala border town.

The shooting took place in Jaghti and Sia Tapa areas, the police official quoted the surviving Afghan, as saying.

A foreign ministry official in Herat also confirmed the incident, saying the Iranian consulate had been contacted in this regard. He spoke on condition of anonymity.

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