Three Killed In Clash On Iran-Afghanistan Border

Two Iranian border guards and one Taliban fighter were killed, during armed clashes, near a border police station between Iran and Afghanistan, yesterday.

The two sides accused each other of opening fire first, yesterday morning, near the police station, on the border of Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province, and the Afghan province of Nimroz.

The reason for the skirmish is not known yet, and the Iranian Embassy in Kabul and Afghanistan’s Taliban-run acting Ministry of National Defence have started correspondence and phone calls, to investigate the cause of the tension.

The conflicts also led to the injuries of several others from both sides, including civilians.

According to Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency, the two sides used “light and semi-light weapons and artillery” against each other, but no missile was employed by the Iranian side, as claimed by some “false” reports.

The clashes came, as tensions between the two neighbours escalated during the past weeks, over Iran’s “unpaid” water share from the Hirmand River, known as Helmand in Afghanistan, under a 1973 treaty between Tehran and Kabul, that entitles the former to receive 820 million cubic metres of water from the river per year.

In remarks on Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, said that, his country does not recognise Afghanistan’s caretaker Taliban government, and insists upon the formation of an inclusive government in the country.

The Taliban government also issued a statement last week, saying, Iran’s frequent requests for water and “inappropriate” comments on media are “harmful,” adding, it is committed to the 1973 treaty

Source: Nam News Network