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Afghans attack Iran consulate over alleged immigrant killings

Published on Dec 9, 2012 8:21 PM
Afghan men shout anti-Iran slogans as they display pictures of their family members who have allegedly been killed by Iranian forces, in Herat on Dec 9, 2012. About 200 residents in a western Afghanistan city angrily tried to storm the Iranian consulate protesting the alleged killing of Afghans by Iranian security forces. -- PHOTO: AFP

HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) - Hundreds of angry demonstrators tried to storm the Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat on Sunday in protest at the alleged killing of Afghan immigrants by Iranian security forces.

The 200-strong crowd threw rocks and broke consulate windows before security forces drove them back by firing warning shots into the air, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.

The crowd claimed 13 Afghans who had crossed the border into Iran were seized and later shot dead by Iranian security forces about three months ago.

"Over the past several months we have been demanding the Iranians return the bodies of our relatives but they are not returning them," one protester said.

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