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28 corpses of Afghan migrants handed over to Nimroz officials

AT Monitoring Desk

KABUL: The dead bodies of 28 Afghans who died in a traffic accident in neighboring Iran have been transferred to southeastern Nimroz province, officials said Friday.

At least 28 Afghan nationals were killed and another 21 people were said to have been injured in the collision when two vans crashed in Iran on November 14.

Having been smuggled to Iran by a travel agent, most of the dead Afghans were said to be from the Ghor province.

Police Spokesperson Mohammad Ibrahim said 28 Afghan asylum seekers were killed and 30 others injured in a traffic accident in the Sistan Balochistan province of Iran.

Ghulam Hazrat, a resident of Ghor province and a relative of one of the victims, told Pajhwok Afghan News that unemployment, insecurity and government inability to protect their citizens had forced people to travel to foreign countries – something that has ultimately proved catastrophic to their families.

Mohammad Nabi Barahawi, deputy governor of Ghor province, termed human trafficking a phenomenon that is happening since long and is a direct result of unemployment and insecurity.

Barahawi said efforts were ongoing to prevent human trafficking and the provincial government would also continue its efforts in this regard.

Around 2,000 people, mostly youth, cross into Pakistan from Nimroz province and then to Iran and other countries for asylum.

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