The United States condemned the alleged drowning of the Afghan migrants by the border guards of Iran, calling it a ‘horrifying’ move.

“Iran’s cruel treatment and abuse of Afghan migrants alleged in these reports is horrifying. We support calls for a thorough investigation. Those found guilty of such abuse must be held accountable,” Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said in a Twitter post.

This comes as some of the Afghan migrants accused the Iranian forces, border guards, of throwing 57 people into a river which resulted in the killing of at least 23 of them.

Certain of the survivors of the incident have claimed that the Iranian border guards initially arrested the migrants from a bordering region and later threw them in to Harirod River.

According to reports, the incident took place earlier last week as the migrants were on their way to Iran, apparently for work opportunities.

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