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Kabul sorry for Iranian officer killing

Press TV - Afghanistan's interior minister has apologized for the death of an Iranian border guard who was shot dead by Afghan police near Nimruz Province.

Mohammad Hanif Atmar contacted Iran's Ambassador to Kabul, Fada-Hossein Maleki, on Wednesday to express regret over the incident.

During the telephone conversation Hanif said "he was sorry to hear that Afghan guards were responsible for the incident," quoted an informed source as saying Thursday.

The Afghan interior minister also extended his sympathy to the victim's family.

Local Afghan officials earlier announced that police forces had shot dead an Iranian border guard and detained another in Kang -- a district of Afghanistan's southwestern Nimruz Province.

Nimruz Governor Dastagir-Azad said Afghan police fired the deadly shots after the Iranians crossed over into Afghanistan despite warnings.

Hanif explained that the Afghans forces were not aware that the approaching armed men were Iranian border gourds, and opened fire by mistake.

Afghan officials have promised to hand over the detained officer and the body of the deceased guard to Iranian authorities as soon as possible.

Press TV has learnt that a joint committee of Iranian and Afghan officials will soon visit the site of the incident as part of a more indebt investigation.

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