Afghans Condemn Iranian Police Shootings at Vehicle Carrying Migrants

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Kabul (BNA) Afghans have taken to social media to denounce Iranian police after a video of a car carrying Afghan refugees set ablaze in Iran went viral, arousing new anger weeks after Afghan officials accused Iranian border guards of drowning migrants.
Afghanistan's foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday three Afghans were killed and four injured in Iran's central Yazd province after their vehicle was shot at by Iranian police, triggering the fire. Video footage posted on social media showed a boy escaping from the blazing car with burns on parts of his body, begging for water.
The ministry said the video was genuine and Afghans in Iran were trying to identify the victims.
The boy's plea of "Give me some water, I am burning" was widely circulated on social media and taken up by rights groups demanding justice.
Iran says about 2.5 million Afghan migrants, both legal and undocumented, live there. Last month, Afghan officials said Iranian border guards killed 45 Afghan migrant workers by forcing them at gunpoint into a mountain torrent on the border.
The Iranian officials yet to comment on the issue and has not accepted the claims.

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