By Staff Writer, Iran Probe
Sunday, 12 June 2016
During the past month at least 7 Koolbar (person who carries load- on his back to earn income for living) have been killed or injured in Kurdistan Province of western Iran. The latest reports form Harana News agency indicate the murder of two such Koolbars in the cities of Piranshahr and Sardasht as regime border guards opened fire.
Rasoul Darwishani from the city of Sardasht was targeted on June 8th by Revolutionary Guards members near a border crossing of this city. He died on the spot. Reports show the body of this individual was transferred by the IRGC to the Sardasht forensics office.
Another such individual by the name of Najmedding Ghaderpour was also targeted by borders and was severely injured. This incident took place on Wednesday, June 7th. Due to the severity of his wounds he lost his life hours after being transferred to the Piranshahr Hospital.
These two individuals were killed while another Koolbar was also murdered and four others were injured last month in the town of Salmas.
Koolbars in Iran’s border cities and towns are very poor and hardly make ends meet through carrying loads on their backs from one side of the Iran-Iraq border to the other. However, when they resist before border guards’ demands to pay bribes they are attacked as the guards open fire. These security personnel face no accountability or punishment after killing the innocent Koolbars.