Afghanistan: Outcry in Afghanistan after Iran border guards accused of forcing drowned migrants into river

The drowning of at least 18 young Afghans allegedly forced at gunpoint into a river by Iranian border guards has caused a diplomatic strain between Kabul and Tehran and international calls for an investigation.

Hanif Atmar, Afghan foreign minister, has pledged to use “all diplomatic affords to bring justice and investigate this unforgivable crime” and said he had held “tense” meetings with Iranian officials. Accounts of the incident and video of the bodies laid out in desert have provoked outcry across Afghanistan.

The US State department said: “Iran’s cruel treatment and abuse of Afghan migrants alleged in these reports is horrifying. We support calls for a thorough investigation. Those found guilty of such abuse must be held accountable.”…

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