Iranian guards ‘killed 10 migrants’

AFP-JIJI, AP

Iranian border guards killed 10 Afghan migrants and wounded another eight when hundreds tried to illegally cross into Iran in search of work, Afghanistan’s Interior Ministry said Sunday. Iran denied the allegations.

An Interior Ministry statement said 300 Afghan laborers tried to cross into Iran illegally on Friday, looking for work. Iranian border guards opened fire, killing 10, it said. The ministry also blamed its own border guards for allowing the laborers to cross, though they had neither visas nor passports. Two Afghan border guards were dismissed and could face charges of neglect of duty, it said.

Also Sunday, Turkish and Afghan officials announced that the Taliban had freed four of eight Turkish engineers taken hostage last month after their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan. The engineers were in good health, and the other captives were to be released soon.