Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of United States for Central and South Asian Affairs Alice Wells has called the alleged reports of drowninig Afghan migrants by Iran border guards horrifying.
“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,” Alice Well said.
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The Afghan government is investigating claims that migrants attempting to enter Iran drowned after Iranian border guards tortured and forced them into a river.
The incident happened on May 1 and on May 2, the Afghan Foreign Ministry said a probe had been launched into the reports.
Afghan officials on May 3 began an operation to locate and retrieve the bodies.
Herat District Hospital received the bodies of five Afghan migrants, four of whom had drowned, said Aref Jalali, director of the hospital.
Twelve Afghans swam to safety, while searchers have recovered seven bodies from the Harirud River in Herat Province, said Herat Provincial Council member Ahmad Karokhi.
However, the Iranian consulate in Herat dismissed the reports and said no Afghan nationals had been arrested in the area.