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Iranian Fuel Carrier Killed in Military Firing, 3 Injured

March 25, 2024
1 min read
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Hamidollah Brahui, according to the Haalvsh human rights organization, which monitors Sistan and Baluchistan
The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Hamidollah Brahui, according to the Haalvsh human rights organization, which monitors Sistan and Baluchistan

An Iranian-Baluch fuel carrier was killed on March 21 after the Islamic Republic's military forces opened fire on a vehicle in the southeastern Mirjaveh city.

The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Hamidollah Brahui, according to the Haalvsh human rights organization, which monitors Sistan and Baluchistan.

Three others were injured in the firing, but their identities have not been disclosed yet.

Eyewitnesses said that the military forces fired upon the vehicle without warning.

Many young men in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, home to Iran's predominantly Sunni ethnic Baluch minority, resort to transporting fuel to Pakistan to make a living. 

They are called fuel carriers, known as 'sookhtbar' in Persian. However, the government refers to them as “smugglers” and treats them no better than terrorists. 

Dozens of fuel carriers are fatally shot or injured by Iranian security forces every year. 

According to a 2022 report by Iranian state-affiliated media, at least 168 Baluch fuel carrier drivers have lost their lives on the Iranshahr-Sarbaz road alone.

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