SULAIMANI (ESTA) — An Iranian military commander killed a Kurdish citizen while conducting involuntary military service in Rojhalat’s Salmas city according to a watchdog.
22-year-old Muhammed Ashraf was killed by his commander on Thursday, whilst he had only 40 days left to complete his involuntary military service in the Iranian army, Hengaw watchdog for Human Rights reported.
The watchdog cited Ashraf’s family in Salmas, west Azerbaijani province as saying that he was killed because of “ethnic” and “sectarian” differences.
“Ashraf and his commander were previously engaged in disputes,” and “the commander has threatened to kill him,” his family said.
The security forces declined Asharaf’s family’s comments, saying the incident was not intentional, according to the report released by Hengaw.
“The security forces have threatened us to expose this incident to the press,” the victim’s family told Hengaw organization.