Two Afghan refugees killed and seven injured by Turkish border guards’ gunfire
According to sources among Afghan refugees in Turkey, at least two Afghan citizens have been killed and seven others injured as a result of gunfire by Turkish border guards on a group of refugees at the border between Turkey and Iran.
Safiullah, one of the refugees, told Hasht-e-Subh on Wednesday that those killed and injured were residents of Jowzjan and Faryab provinces, who were shot by Turkish border guards while attempting to cross the border.
The incident reportedly occurred last week, and it is not clear why the border guards opened fire.
On the other hand, officials from the Taliban Ministry of Refugees have reportedly informed the Turkish ambassador to Afghanistan, Jahid Erkan, after a meeting that migrants are being harassed and mistreated by anti-government groups near the border.
Thousands of Afghan youth have reportedly traveled to Turkey via illegal routes in recent months, seeking refuge in Europe after the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. This incident is the latest in a series of tragedies involving Afghan refugees, including the recent drowning of more than 40 refugees off the coast of Italy.