Iranian border forces and a landmine explosion have injured two Kurdish kolbars in the border areas of Baneh, Kurdistan province, and Nowsud, Kermanshah province, in the past few days.

On 31 July, a kolbar identified as Ata Hassanzadeh stepped on a landmine while running from border guard forces shooting at him in the Hangeh-ye Zhal border area. The kolbar was severely injured due to the explosion.

The kolbar, 35, was transferred to a medical centre in Tabriz, East Azerbaijan province, for treatment. He was reported to be in poor health condition.

Also, on 1 August, a group of kolbars in the border areas of Nowsud were shot by border guards with shotguns, as a result of which a kolbar named Mohammad Ghaderi was injured.

According to the statistics collected by the Kurdistan Human Rights Network (KHRN), in July, Iranian border forces killed at least two kolbars and injured 30 in the country’s western border areas.