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One dead in clashes between Taliban, Iran border forces -Afghan police official

Pickup truck along a desert road toward the Afghanistan-Iran border in Nimruz on February 2022 [WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images]
Pickup truck along a desert road toward the Afghanistan-Iran border in Nimruz on February 2022 [WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP via Getty Images]

Clashes between Taliban forces and Iran border guards on Sunday have left at least one dead on the Afghanistan side, an Afghan police official said, Reuters reported.

"We have one killed and one wounded; the cause of the clash is not clear yet," the police spokesman of the southern Afghan province of Nimroze, Bahram Haqmal, told Reuters.

Maysam Barazandeh, the governor of the Iranian border area of Hirmand, was quoted by the semi-official news agency Fars as saying the clashes had stopped and there were no casualties.

Iran's Tasnim news agency said clashes broke out after Taliban forces tried to raise their flag "in an area which is not Afghan territory".

Local sources told Reuters that people living near the border on the Afghan side fled their homes to take cover when the clashes intensified.

Since taking over Afghanistan a year ago, Taliban forces have frequently clashed with security forces of Iran, which neighbours the country to the west, as well as Pakistan, which neighbours it to the east.

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