Iran arrests 7 Afghan border policemen

08:52, October 18, 2010      

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An Iranian police commander said Sunday Iranian forces arrested seven Afghani policemen who had crossed the border into Iran's territory, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The Iranian border policemen located a suspicious car in Iran's territory several days ago and stopped the car after opening fire at it, Hosein Zolfegari told a police gathering on Sunday.

After investigating the car, seven Afghan border policemen were detained and six automatic guns along with a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) and some ammunitions were seized, said Zolfegari.

The detainees' case has been sent to Iranian judiciary for further investigations, he added.

According to the Iranian police commander, the detained guards said that they were the staff member of Afghan police force and they did not intend to enter Iran's soil. They crossed the border just for patrolling and recognizing Taliban in bordering area of Iran, Mehr reported.

On Thursday, local Press TV reported that at least seven Afghan border guards were detained by Iranian forces after they illegally crossed the Iran-Afghanistan border into Iran's territory.

Iranian forces detained the Afghan guards in the border area with Afghanistan's western province of Nimruz, near Lash-e Juwayn district, Press TV reported.

Nimruz police commander Mohammad Hassan Faqih confirmed the arrest of Afghan guards, saying the policemen had crossed onto the Iranian side of the border.

Talks are underway to secure release of Afghan troops, Faqih was quoted as saying.

Source: Xinhua


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