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Afghanistan probes Iran’s mass drowning of Afghan migrants

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KABUL: Following the reports of Iranian police cruel treatment with the Afghan migrants, President Ashraf Ghani has appointed a ten-member delegation to investigate the incident and share the details with the people.

Ghani’s Spokesman Sediq Sediqqi said that the delegation would be led by the Chief of Army Staff, Mohammed Hamid Tahmasabi. Last week, at least 45 Afghan migrant workers, seeking daily vague in Iran, were brutally stabbed by the Iranian border forces.

Based on some videos that went viral on social media, the migrants were thrown into the Hariroad River located alongside the Iran-Afghanistan border in Western Herat province.

According to Herat local officials, 30 of the 50 migrants have been rescued but 20 others were sinked into the river. The officials said that 12 corpses have been found and search operation is under way to find other bodies.

But the Iranian officials had earlier denied the reports of murdering Afghan migrants, saying that their investigations had showed that the event has not taken place in the borderline between Iran and Afghanistan. The vicious treatment of Iran with Afghan migrants has faced national and international reactions. The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo said that he has been horrified by Iran border forces’ conduct with the Afghan migrants.

US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Alice Wells has called the cruel conduct by Iranian police against Afghan migrants “horrifying”, saying that the perpetrators should be held accountable.

Earlier, the Afghanistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that it would investigate the issue throughout diplomatic ties with Tehran.

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