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Afghans Protest Iran Executions

Hundreds of people have attended the funerals of 10 men in Takhar Province, in Afghanistan's northeast, who were recently hanged in Iran reportedly on charges of drug smuggling.

RFE/RL's Radio Free Afghanistan reporter in Takhar says the mourners in the Kalafgan district of the province marched in protest at the executions, calling on the Afghan government and the United Nations to stop the executions.

Residents of Kalafgan district say they have buried the bodies of 80 people in the last six months who have been executed in Iran.

Mohamad Musa Mahmoodi, the executive director of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission, condemned the reported executions.

In recent years, Kabul says many Afghans have been sentenced to death in Iran on drug smuggling charges.