Iranian border guards have been accused of drowning dozens of Afghan migrants in a river to prevent them from crossing into Iran amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Afghanistan’s foreign ministry said an investigation into the allegations has been launched.
According to a statement released by the presidential palace in Kabul at least 70 Afghans who were trying to enter Iran from bordering Herat province were beaten and pushed into Harirud River.
Afghanistan has begun retrieving bodies from Harirud River, which is shared by Afghanistan, Iran and Turkmenistan.
“So far, five bodies have been transferred to the hospital, of these bodies, it is clear that four died due to drowning,” the head of Herat District Hospital said.
The Iranian consulate in Herat has denied the allegations.