Iranian government says no Iranian security personnel were injured in the shooting
Earlier this month, Iran warned the Taliban against the Helmand River
Iranian envoy met to discuss Helmand River water rights
Dubai. Shooting between the Taliban and Iranian security forces took place on Saturday amid an ongoing dispute between Iran and Afghanistan over water rights in the Helmand River.
Iran’s official IRNA news agency quoted the country’s deputy police chief, General Qasim Rezaei, as saying that the Taliban started firing on Saturday morning at the border between Iran’s Sistan and Balochistan province and Afghanistan’s province of Nimroz. According to the news agency, many people suffered casualties in the shelling and property also suffered extensive damage.
Meanwhile, according to Reuters news agency, a spokesman for the Taliban and Iranian state media said on Saturday that two Iranian border guards and a Taliban fighter were killed in a shootout near a checkpoint. border between Iran and Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, the Iranian government said no Iranian security personnel were injured in the shooting. However, the ‘Tehran Times’ newspaper said that 3 Iranian border guards were killed in the shooting. Earlier this month, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi warned the Taliban not to violate Iranian territorial waters on the Helmand River. Raisi’s comments were among the most pointed on Iran’s longstanding water concerns.
Meanwhile, Acting Afghan Foreign Minister Amir Khan Muttaki met with an Iranian envoy to Afghanistan to discuss Helmand River water rights.
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