SARDASHT — the Iranian border guards have killed two civilians who were working as porters on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region.
Kurdish human rights activists in Iranian Kurdistan reported that the Iranian security forces killed two civilians overnight on Monday in Alan area of Sardasht city, West Azerbaijan province of Iran.
The victims were carrying goods in order to earn for a living.
The eyewitness said "the security forces deliberately shot the porters without any prior notice or warning.”
The two porters were brothers, and they were working as porters on the border areas due to their low financial status, said the locals.
In the meantime, the security forces killed 12 horse packs belonging to the civilians, according to locals from Sardasht.
Cases of deliberate killing of the Iranian Kurdish porters working on the border areas by the Iranian border guards continue to exist and no one has yet probed into the case while the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, has repeatedly referred to the cases in his reports.
Sardarsht is located in the Kurdish areas of northwestern Iran, with high rate of unemployment which pushes locals to trade goods between the Kurdistan Region and Iran through unofficial border paths.