KABUL – Iranian border forces and Afghan Taliban engaged in a clash over a border misunderstanding near Nimroz province of Afghanistan, Iran's news agency said Wednesday.
The report said the incident that occurred near the Afghan district of Shaghalak in Nimroz province has now ended as officials of the two sides are holding meetings over the matter.
According to the Iranian media, Taliban fighters initiated attacks on Iranian farmers thinking they violated the border, and later Iranian soldiers intervened. It further added that there are walled areas on Iranian soil near the Afghan border – which were created to curb smuggling.
As some Iranian farmers passed the walls but were still inside Iran’s border, Taliban forces opened fire, thinking its side had been violated. It also added that there were no casualties and the area is now calm.
Meanwhile, Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said a misunderstanding at the local level triggered the conflict near the Afghan border. The situation is now under control with the understanding of both sides, he said, adding that Taliban leaders have issued the necessary instructions to prevent such misunderstandings from happening again.
As Iran’s incumbent authorities have pleasant relations with the new setup in Kabul, there have been longstanding tensions along the border, which has active smuggling routes and thousands of refugees crossing every day.
Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 24, 2024.
In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.5 for buying and 282.55 for selling.
On Saturday, Euro stands at 302 for buying and 305 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 352.5 for buying, and 356 for selling.
UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.
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