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Iran says border guards have clashed with Afghan Taliban


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TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian border guards clashed Sunday with the Afghan Taliban, Iranian media reported, the most recent cross-border alternate because the former insurgents seized energy in neighboring Afghanistan a yr in the past.

The official IRNA information company quoted Meisam Barazandeh, governor of the border nation of Hirmand in jap Iran, as saying that the incident is beneath investigation. He didn’t present particulars concerning the conflict or report any casualties.

There was no fast remark from the Taliban.

Iran’s semiofficial Tasnim information company, which is near Iran’s highly effective Revolutionary Guard, stated the Taliban opened fireplace on homes on the jap fringe of the county, within the space of Shoqalak, throughout the border from Afghanistan’s Nimruz province.

The report stated additionally that Taliban forces tried to boost the Taliban flag in an space that isn’t a part of the territory of Afghanistan and that after the alternate, calm returned.

Tasnim later quoted Majid Mirahmadi, the nation’s deputy inside minister, as saying the Taliban first opened fireplace on Iranian guards, forcing them to return fireplace till the alternate subsided when the Iranian guards introduced the scenario beneath management.

The alternate lasted for an hour and a half and ended early on Sunday afternoon.

Mirahmadi additionally stated the same conflict passed off on Saturday as a result of the Taliban don’t respect the “geographical and official border” between the 2 international locations.

Clashes have repeatedly erupted between Iranian safety forces and Afghan Taliban forces in varied spots alongside the border because the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan final August. The exchanges of fireplace are sometimes over native points comparable to disputes over farmland, water or smuggling, and often finish shortly.

In among the worst clashes, final December, the Afghan Taliban seized a number of checkpoints on the Iranian aspect however quickly withdrew, and each side known as the incident a “misunderstanding.”

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