2 Foreigners Arrested in Northwestern Iran

Two foreign nationals who had been shot and left alone in the vicinity of the city of Khoy in western Azerbaijan province have been arrested by Iranian police, an Iranian Law Enforcement official said. Commander of Khoy’s Law Enforcement Police Behrouz Jafari told FNA on Monday that the two male detainees were Pakistani nationals and have been transferred to a nearby hospital to receive proper treatment for their wounds.

He named the two arrestees as Ghader and Zolfaghar 18 and 21 years of age, respectively, and said that they have entered Iran illegally and by the help of smugglers.

“After entering Iran they had been transferred to the city of Salmas (in northwestern Iran) to be taken to foreign countries by smugglers. But after some differences among smugglers had led to a shoot-out, these two were shot and then taken to an area in the vicinity of the city of Khoy,” the police commander said, adding that the two have been left alone in the same area.

He said that investigations continue for arresting the smugglers.

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