TEHRAN (AP) — Police in Iran have detained an Afghan man suspected of stabbing to death 10 other farm laborers following a dispute over land, Iranian state media reported Monday. The event in a remote town in southeastern Iran was unusual for the Islamic republic.
Four Iranians and six Afghans were killed and one farmer was injured and hospitalized in Sunday’s attack, according to the official IRNA news agency. The suspect had mental problems, according to the report.
Several decades of drought in Iran have caused growing disputes over water resources and land with more access to water. Hunting rifles are the only firearm Iranians can legally own.
Violent events have increased in recent years as economic conditions in the country deteriorate under suffocating US sanctions that have helped fuel inflation and increase unemployment.
A laid-off employee of one of the country’s largest state-owned financial conglomerates was involved in a May shooting at his former office in western Iran, killing three people and wounding five before shooting himself.
In 2016, a 26-year-old man killed 10 relatives and injured four others.