At least 20 Afghan refugees were killed in a road accident in Qom City, Iran, on Sunday evening, said Iranian officials.
The incident and the casualty toll has also been confirmed by the Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriation (MoRR).
According to Iranian State TV, ten other Afghan nationals were injured in the accident that happened 135kms outside Tehran, Iran’s capital.
“According to a report by police investigators, the accident happened when the minibus overtook a truck, illegally,” head of Qom traffic department, Ardeshir Jamshidirad said.
The Iranian State TV said that victims had been refugees in the country, without having legal documents.
The crash involved a car, a mini-bus and a truck, the TV channel reported.
While confirming the incident, the Afghan MoRR said in a statement that the road mishap occurred on the highway between Qom and Tehran.
“The incident took place between 6pm and 7pm on the highway between Qom and Tehran,” the statement said.
All the injured have been admitted to a local hospital, the statement said, adding that ministry officials have been sent to Iran to investigate the matter.