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Clashes Over Picking Saffron Flowers Leave Two People Dead

(Last Updated On: November 4, 2019)

Two people have been killed in an armed clash over picking the saffron harvest in west of Afghanistan.

The incident took place on Monday in a village in the Ghourian district of Herat province.

District Governor Farhad Khademi told Ariana News that two people were killed and another was wounded after the two sides engaged in armed clashes in a saffron field.

A tribal elder is also among the dead, the Governor Khademi said.

Arif Jalali, a chief physician in Herat Regional Hospital, said their emergency department have received a patient who was wounded in the incident.

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world, and has long been seen as an alternative crop to growing opium poppies.

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