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    Iran Exchanges Heavy Gunfire With Taliban on Afghan Border, Escalating Tensions Over Water Rights

    Iran Exchanges Heavy Gunfire With Taliban on Afghan Border, Escalating Tensions Over Water Rights

    , United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Taliban and exchanged heavy gunfire Saturday on the Islamic Republic's border with , killing and wounding troops while sharply escalating rising tensions between the two countries amid a dispute over water rights.

    Iran's state-run news agency quoted the country's deputy police chief, Gen. Qassem Rezaei, accusing the Taliban of opening fire first Saturday morning on the border of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province and the Afghan province of Nimroz. IRNA said Iran inflicted “heavy casualties and serious damage.”

    From the Taliban's view, Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Abdul Nafi Takor accused Iran of shooting first. Takor said the firefight killed two people, one from each country, and wounded others. He described the situation as now being under control.

    IRNA, quoting Iranian police, said two border guards had been killed. However, that number may be higher. The semiofficial, English-language newspaper Tehran Times said the fighting killed three Iranian border guards. IRNA said the Milak border crossing with Afghanistan, a major trade route, was closed until further notice over the gunfight.

    “The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan considers dialogue to be a reasonable way for any problem,” Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Enayatullah Khawarazmi said in a statement. “Making excuses for war and negative actions is not in the interest of any of…

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