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Iran urges citizens to restrict trips to Turkey following murder of driver

Iran urges citizens to restrict trips to Turkey following murder of driver
13:37 8 Avqust 2015
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Tehran, Iran, August 8

By Mehdi Sepahvand –- Trend:

The Islamic Republic of Iran has called on Iranians to omit unnecessary trips to a neighboring country of Turkey after a series of recent incidents threatened the lives of Iranians on route to Turkey in the restive south-eastern parts of Turkey.

Mohammad Javad Atrchian, an official with the Iranian Road Maintenance and Transportation Organization, said situations are not suitable for Iranians to travel to Turkey.

Yesterday an Iranian bus was attacked in Turkey and the driver was killed, he said, Mehr news agency reported August 8.

Heading from the Iranian border checkpoint of Bazargan to Turkey’s Van with 15 passengers, the bus had been attacked in an area called Chaldoran at around 5:00. As a result, the driver was shot.

Earlier, two Turkish trucks had been set on fire by unknown people around the same area.

“The area is safe to no one and we have asked trucks to travel by groups and only during daytime,” Atrchian said.

“We have also demanded the Turkish government to protect Iranian buses in Turkey.”

He called on Iranians to travel to Turkey seldom give the current situation.

In another recent incident, two trains traveling between Iran and Turkey had been also attacked. A crew member was injured and some wagons were damaged.

Turkey has launched an anti-terror crackdown after the July 20 Suruc bombing that killed 32 activists and the attacks on security forces in the following days.

Ankara has detained more than 1,300 suspected supporters of groups such as Daesh and PKK -- recognized as terrorist groups by Turkey, as well as launching air strikes on Daesh in Syria and the PKK in Turkey and northern Iraq.

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