Border police officers fired for negligence
KABUL (PAN): The Ministry of Interior (MoI) on Sunday announced the sacking of two border police officers and referring them to the prosecutor's office for failing to stop some Afghans from crossing the border into Iran from northwestern Farah province.
Col. Abdul Hadi, the commander of 1st battalion of fourth border police zone, and 2nd Lt. Ziaul Haq, platoon commander of the battalion, had been terminated for negligence of duty, a statement from MoI said.
It added nearly 300 Afghans illegally crossed the border into Iran on Friday around 8am, when Iranian guards opened fire at them in the Pushtamki area of Lash Jawin district, killing 10 of them and injuring eight others.
The Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned Iran's Ambassador to Afghanistan Abul Fazl Zuhra and lodged with him a strong protest over the shooting.
However, the Iranian embassy in Kabul said it was saddened by the incident, saying it had not been formally informed about the shooting by the Iranian government. The embassy stressed strict controls on both sides of the border to prevent illegal movement.
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