The residents of Nimroz province claimed that the latest incident of fighting between the Islamic Emirate’s forces and Iranian border guards began after the Iranian military opened fire on the Afghan side.
On Saturday, the clashes between Iranian border guards and the forces of the Islamic Emirate happened along the border in Nimroz.
Later, the Defense Ministry of the Islamic Emirate said that the Iranian soldiers “once again started shooting” in the border area of Kang district of Nimroz province, which resulted in the clashes between the two sides.
The ministry on Twitter said that making excuses to start a war and taking negative actions is not in the interest of any side, and the Islamic Emirate considers dialogue a reasonable way to solve any problem.
The residents urged the two sides to solve the ongoing problems through negotiations.
“First fire was opened by our neighbor Iran-- they should not do such actions. If they have problems, they should engage with top officials but not open fire on residential areas,” said Qayom, resident.
“They don’t have the right to attack us -- to use mortars. There are people living here and there is a city. They (Iranians) should not do such things,” said Mohammad Daud, a local resident.
The Interior Ministry's spokesman Abdul Nafi Takour said on Twitter on Saturday that two people were killed in the clashes in Nimroz province -- one from Iran and the other from Afghanistan -- and some others were injured.
“Such clashes are not benefiting any side. If any side wants to misuse such clashes to benefit their internal policies, they are making an absolute mistake,” said Asadullah Nadim, a military veteran.
IRNA reported that two Iranian guards were killed and two civilians were wounded in the clashes.
Seyed Rasoul Mousavi, assistant to the Iranian foreign minister, reacted on Twitter to these clashes and said that any kind of dispute damages both sides.
“What is going on at the Zabul-Nimroz border is the plot of the invaders,” Mousavi said.
“The problems of Afghanistan with Iran can be solved via negotiations. Afghanistan should use flexibility because such tensions are possible in the future, because it can turn into a proxy war,” said Toreq Farhadi, a political analyst.