Clashes between the forces of the Islamic Emirate and Iranian border guards erupted due to a misunderstanding between the two sides, officials said, adding that Afghan forces started fighting after the Iranian guards opened fired.
On Wednesday evening, fighting was reported between Afghan and Iranian border forces in the Kung district of Nimruz province in the southwest.
The clashes lasted for several hours.
“They used mortars and missiles and targeted our outposts and the surrounding area but we are ready to fight if anyone creates problems on our soil,” said Abdul Bais, a member of the Islamic Emirate.
Some sources close to the issue claim that the forces of the Islamic Emirate opened fire after some Iranian nationals entered Afghanistan soil.
“We hope war and attacks don’t happen between the neighboring countries, and we don’t see a situation like this again. The countries should be cooperative with each other,” said Abdul Zahir, a resident.
Provincial officials said that fighting had ceased and the two sides had engaged in negotiations.
“We can assure you there has been no human or financial loss,” said Mullah Najibullah Rafi, provincial governor.
Analysts believe that fighting between Afghanistan and Iran would affect the two neighbor countries.
"The situation has deteriorated. Afghanistan is not in a position to create bad relations with any neighboring or foreign country,” said Mohammad Naeem Ghayor, a military analyst.