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Iran again rejects its forces tortured, drowned Afghans

Iran again rejects its forces tortured, drowned Afghans

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May 12, 2020 - 17:22

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): Iran’s Foreign Ministry has rejected reports accusing Iranian security forces of throwing Afghan migrants into a river and claimed no such incident had happened on that particular day.

According to reports, Iranian border security forces allegedly tortured and threw over 50 Afghan migrants into the river. The bodies of 25 Afghans had been recovered so far and some had been able to rescue themselves.

The incident sparked strong anger in Afghanistaninfo-icon, prompting Acting Foreign Minister Hanif Atmar to call to his Iranian counterpart Jawad Zarifi.

President Ashraf Ghani has tasked a high level delegation to visit Herat province and investigate the incident.

Iran Foreign Ministry has pledged to jointly investigate the incident and dispatch a team to the site.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Syed Abbas Mosavi said: “No such incident happened on that particular day. No incident between Afghan and Iranian border forces had happened on that day.”

He said as a result of bad weather, no Afghan crossed border into Iran on that particular date. He said serious investigation was launched soon after reports emerged regarding the incident.

Mosavi said Iranian foreign ministry, interior ministry, information ministry and armed forces had conducted separate inquiries into the incident.  He claimed no Afghan body had been found on the Iranian side of the river bank.

Mosavi said in respect to Afghanistan’s demand, the concerned authorities had been directed to conduct deep investigation into the incident.

Separately, Mohammad Hameed Tahmasi, head of the delegation tasked by President Ashraf Ghani to investigate the incident, told BBC that 10 people were killed and 15 others injured in the incident. He said on that night at least 24 Afghans tried to enter Iranian soil.

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