Iranian security forces shot dead a Kurd in Urmia
Zhyan News Network
SULAIMANI – Iranian security forces on Monday (February 8) shot dead a Kurd suspected of smuggling goods near Khoi city in Urmia, human rights advocacy said.
Hengaw Organization for Human Rights said Behzad Hashimi, a Kurd, was shot dead by Iranian security forces while driving his car on Khoi-Salmas road, near the border.
The 37-year-old Kurd, Hashimi, was father of three children and a resident of Salmas, West Azerbaijan Province.
Porters, particularly from Iranian Kurdistan, carry heavy loads of contraband on their backs across the western, blaming the high rate of unemployment in Iran’s Kurdish-populated provinces, where many of the porters come from.
Working in the smuggling trade on the border between Iran and Kurdistan Region has cost the lives of hundreds of Kurdish porters, known as “Kolbar.”
Hundreds of porters have been killed or injured by Iranian border guards and security forces in past years; others have died after being caught up in natural disasters, falling from mountains, or stepping on land mines that remain from the 1980-1988 war with Iraq.