Pajhwok04/11/2011By Ramin [Printer Friendly Version]
ZARANJ - Iranian forces in a cross border attack hit an Afghan guards' security post in southwestern Nimroz province on Monday, injuring a border policeman and a civilian, an official said.
Iranian forces used heavy and light weapons during the attack that came after Afghan police stopped Iranians from releasing water from Sikhzar canal inside Afghanistan, Nimroz border police chief, Col. Ghulam Haidar told Pajhwok Afghan News.
The 30-kilometre canal that brings water from the Helmand River is located on Afghan soil. The canal was built last year with $700,000 (32 million afghanis) assistance from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
"Iranian forces wanted to open the canal toward Dost Mohammad Khan village in Iran without any permission, but Afghan border police stopped them to do so," the police chief said.
The Monday's attack from Iranian border police was a result of the dispute over the water channel, he said. Heavy and light weapons were used in the attack, still ongoing, in Derwaishak area, Haidar said.
The injured policeman and the civilian were taken to a hospital in the province, he said, adding they had informed the provincial government and the interior ministry about the cross border attack.
Last year, Iranian border police advanced 200 metre into Kang district of Nimroz province and shot and wounded a civilian.
In counter-attack, Afghan border police killed an Iranian police and arrested a senior Iranian military official, who was later handed over to Iranian authorities.