Tehran, Iran (AFP) – Iranian police have arrested an Afghan man suspected of stabbing to death 10 other agricultural workers after a fight on the ground, Iranian state media reported on Monday. A rampage in a remote village in southeastern Iran was such a rare occurrence in the Islamic Republic.
The official IRNA news agency said four Iranians and six Afghans were killed and a farm worker was injured in a rampage on Sunday while he was in hospital. According to the report, the suspect was mentally unbalanced.
The decades-long drought in Iran has fueled disputes over water and land resources while improving access to water. Hunting rifles are the only weapon Iranians are allowed to possess legally.
Violence has escalated in Iran in recent years as the country’s economic conditions deteriorate amid crushing US sanctions that have helped drive up inflation and increase unemployment.
In May, an employee of one of Iran’s largest state-owned financial conglomerates shot himself at his former workplace in western Iran, killing three and wounding five before shooting himself.
In 2016, a 26-year-old man shot 10 of his relatives and injured four others.