A human rights organization says Iranian security forces shot and killed two Kurdish porters on the border with Iraq within one day.
The Norway-based group Hengaw said that a 17-year-old kolbar identified as Farooq Alizadeh was shot by border forces on the morning of November 26 near the Hengezhal border crossing, in Kurdistan province.
It said the teenager was from the city of Sardasht in West Azerbaijan province.
Hengaw later reported that Yavar Veisi, a 28-year-old resident of Salas Babajani in Kermanshah province, was shot with a Kalashnikov assault rifle on the evening of November 26.
According to the group, Veisi was hit from behind at close range by forces of the Nosud Border Regiment.
The man was transported to Nosud Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The Iranian authorities label kolbars as "smugglers,” but human rights organizations maintain that their activity is a form of survival for many men living in impoverished border regions where economic opportunities are scarce.
According to human rights groups, at least seven kolbars have been killed in the Baneh region of Kurdistan in the past two months alone.