HERAT -- Afghans expressed outrage and called for justice after Iranian military personnel attacked a group of 25 Afghan migrants about 1km from Iran's border crossing near Zaranj city, capital of Nimroz province.
The Iranian soldiers opened fire on the group on July 2, killing five Afghans, including a woman and child, and injuring one man.
Abdul Rahman Abdullah, head of the Nimroz provincial public health department, said the victims' bodies were transferred to the provincial hospital.
"We noticed the victims were hit by several bullets when we inspected their bodies," he said.
Iranian media outlets have made no mention of the incident.
Innocents brutally killed
Afghans called the Iranian military action against the migrants a brutal and inhumane act.
"This is not the first time that the Iranian military has violently attacked and killed innocent Afghans," said Zaranj resident Faisal Sahat. "However, such incidents have repeatedly happened inside Iran's territory or near border crossing points."
"Afghans decided to migrate to Iran to escape the prevailing poverty," he said.
"While Iran calls itself an Islamic government, repeated attacks by the Iranian military show that the country has no adherence to Islamic and human principles," Sahat said.
Hassan, 24, a resident of Daikundi province, was one of the victims of the recent attack. He was killed when the Iranian military personnel shot him eight times.
His brother, Ali Ahmad, 19, said Hassan had borrowed money to pay for his journey and wanted to go to Iran to find a job to support his family.
"My brother was forced to migrate to Iran due to unemployment and economic problems. There is no work in our province and Hassan was unemployed for months and decided to go to Iran to find a job," Ahmad said on July 7, when he came to Zaranj to collect his brother's body.
"The cruel attack that the Iranian military carried out on my brother and other migrants is not even done by an animal to another animal," he said.
'Injustice must end'
Afghans are urging international human rights organisations to help bring culprits to justice and to force the Iranian regime to hand over the perpetrators of such crimes to international courts.
Ghulam Farooq Khorsand, a human rights activist in Herat city, said the Iranian regime has been violating the basic rights of Afghan migrants for many years.
"Treatment and actions of the Iranian regime towards Afghan migrants have been inhumane and un-Islamic," he said. "Afghan migrants seek to take refuge in Iran due to economic problems, political crises and unemployment, but the regime shoots them to death indiscriminately."
"The Iranian regime's hostility and mistreatment of Afghan migrants must immediately end," he said. "The United Nations and other responsible international organisations should put pressure on the regime to stop killing, torturing and inhumanely treating Afghan migrants."
Khairullah Samim, a resident of Herat city, expressed outrage that Afghan youth who wanted to migrate to Iran due to poverty and unemployment were shot.
"I demand that international migration and human rights organisations break their silence and bring the perpetrators of such horrible crimes to justice," he said.
"Iranian troops have repeatedly and brutally shot innocent and poor Afghan migrants both in the border areas and inside the country, but they have never been held accountable," Samim said.
"The ongoing injustice must end, and the murderers must be handed over to law enforcement."
"The recent attack on Afghan migrants by the Iranian military that took place on Afghanistan's soil is very sad and horrifying," said Khalil Ahmad Benish, a resident of Badghis province.
"If we had a strong government, it would have defended Afghans against the attacks of the Iranian military," he said.
"The massacre of defenceless migrants is not justified whatsoever."