The chief of police for Herat has accused Iran of supporting a network that is stepping up attacks in the western Afghan province.

General Samiullah Qatrah said on Aug. 3 that Taliban fighters recently captured by security forces admitted that Iran is backing the network, which has killed 11 policemen, soldiers, civilians, and two Finnish aid workers in Herat over the past 11 days. The two female Finnish aid workers were employed by a Christian charity and were gunned down while traveling in a taxi.

“In their confessions, they [six captured Taliban fighters] have said that the network is funded by Iran,” Qatrah said, TOLONews reported. He said documents seized by security personnel provide evidence of Iran’s involvement in the attacks.[…]