Protesting Alleged Killing of Afghan Immigrants
Hundreds of angry demonstrators tried to storm the Iranian consulate in the western Afghan city of Herat on Sunday, protesting alleged killing of Afghan immigrants in Iran. The crowd threw rocks and broke consulate windows before Afghan security forces drove them back by firing warning shots into the air. (AFP, 9 December)
The protesters claimed 13 Afghans who had crossed the border into Iran illegally for search of job in September were seized and later shot dead by Iranian security forces. They demanded that the Iranians return the bodies to their families in Afghanistan.
Photo credit: Afghan men shout anti-Iran slogans as they display pictures of their family members who have allegedly been killed by Iranian forces. Herat, 9 December 2012. (AFP PHOTO/ Aref Karimi)