In a clash between “armed miscreants” from Afghanistan and Iranian border guards yesterday afternoon, an Iranian border guard was killed on the Afghan-Iranian border, according to Iran’s state news agency IRNA.
The clash that resulted in the death of an Iranian soldier, according to the Iranian news agency, was sparked by a number of armed miscreants who launched an attack on the Afghan-Iranian border on June 28th.
Although the Iranian source does not specifically mention the Taliban forces when it refers to “armed miscreants,” local Nimroz provincial sources claim that the Taliban entered the Iranian territory, after two Afghan boys were killed and injured by Iranian border guards, and clashed with them for an hour.
One of the Iranian border guards, Mohammad Sayadi, is alleged to have died in an armed encounter in the Hirmand county border region of the Sistan and Baluchestan province of Iran.
According to reports, the Iranian border guard who died in the armed confrontation is survived by his wife and daughter.
The conflict has not received any comments from Taliban officials yet.
The Taliban forces have often triggered armed clashes with the neighboring countries since seizing control of Afghanistan in mid-August of last year, particularly at the borders with Tajikistan, Iran, and Pakistan.