Eight people were killed in landmine explosions in the border region of Sumar-Naftshahr in Iran's western province of Kermanshah on Sunday, a local official said on Monday, IRNA reported from Qasr-e Shirin.
Speaking to IRNA, Nemat Nazparvardeh said that the victims intended to illegally cross the Iraqi border for a pilgrimage to religious sites in Iraq when the blasts occurred.
He added that any illegal trip to Iraq under the current sensitive situation in that country would threaten Iranian travelers.
According to the official, more than 140 pilgrims have been arrested when trying to cross the border region during the current Iranian month (August 23-September 22).
The border regions of Sumar and Naftshahr share a 85-kilometer joint border with Iraq of which 35 km is contaminated by landmines left from the eight-year Iraq-Iran war.
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