According to local authorities in western Farah province of Afghanistan, dozens of Afghan civilians were killed and injured by Iranian border protection security forces.
A local security official speaking on the condition of anonymity said the deceased civilians entered illegally Iran territory on Friday morning, May 9, to find a job and ten were shot dead and 9 were injured.
Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul has summoned Iran’s ambassador to protest at the killing of migrants by Iranian border guards, BBC reported on Monday. "Firing at Afghan civilians who wanted to go to Iran for work is against religious, cultural and good neighbourly relations," a statement from the Afghan foreign ministry said.Killing of Afghan civilians by Iranian security forces is not rare, such incidents frequently take place on the border region between the two countries.
In Tehran, Iran's chief of border guards, Gen. Hamid Sharafi, denied there was any shooting at Afghan migrants, according to Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency.
Provincial governor spokesman Abdul Rahman Zhwandai confirmed that the incident occurred at four in the afternoon, nine of the injured civilians have been admitted to a nearby hospital in Farah city. He also confirmed the number of people killed and wounded following the incident.