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Afghan, Iranian Security Forces Clash On Border

March 9, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Officials in Kabul say a clash between Afghan and Iranian border guards in western Afghanistan has left one Afghan and at least one Iranian dead, RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reported.

The chief of border police for western Afghanistan, Mohammad Dauod Ahmad, said the gun battle in Nimroz Province on March 8 began when Iranian security officers crossed about 100 meters into Afghan territory.

Nimroz Province Governor Ghulam Dastagir Azad told RFE/RL that Iran is attempting to interfere in Afghan affairs:

"The clashes happened last night between the forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran and our border police," Azad said. "One of our police officers was martyred and one was injured. A member of Iran's police also was killed and one was injured."

Nimroz borders Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan -- a drug-trafficking region where militants in recent weeks have carried out bomb attacks against troops from Iran's Republican Guard.

(with material from AP)

Copyright (c) 2007 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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