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PublishDate: Saturday, May 9, 202009:39

Presidential Palace Appoints Team to Probe Migrant Drownings in Iran

Afghan authorities had already been investigating the incident, but Ghani formed a new 10-member team to look into the deaths after 18 bodies of migrants were recovered, some of them bearing signs of torture.
Officials claim the migrants drowned in Harirud river while illegally crossing into neighboring Iran from western Herat province.
“ Ashraf Ghani, in a decree issued today, appointed a 10-member team to carry out a thorough investigation into reports about the deaths of several countrymen along the Iranian border,” Ghani’s office said in a statement.
Earlier Friday, Abdul Ghani Noori, the governor of Herat’s Gulran district bordering Iran, said authorities had so far recovered 18 bodies.
“Out of 55 Afghan migrants who were forced into the river, we have so far recovered 18 bodies,” Noori said.
He said six migrants are still missing while others survived.
The bodies “bear signs of beating and torture,” Noori said.
The Afghan Human Rights Commission said last week the Iranian guards made the migrants cross the Harirud river and “as a result a number of them drowned.”
Iranian authorities have dismissed the claims, saying the incident occurred inside Afghanistan’s territory.

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