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(180710) -- JALALABAD, July 10, 2018 (Xinhua) -- Afghan security force members inspect at the site of a blast in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, July 10, 2018. Eight civilians and two security force members were killed and four people wounded in a suicide bomb attack in Jalalabad city, capital of Afghanistan's eastern province of Nangarhar on Tuesday, local official said. (Xinhua/Saifurahman Safi) (lrz)

Kabul:  Over 92,600 Afghan refugees have returned from neighbouring countries Pakistan and Iran since January this year, the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM) reported on Tuesday.

“(A total of) 92,698 Afghans returns from Iran and Pakistan since January 1,” said IOM in a statement.

A total of 88,516 Afghans have reportedly returned to their homeland from Iran as the value of local currency had fallen and job opportunities were low, reports Xinhua news agency.

Another 4,182 Afghans were back from Pakistan during the period.

More than 849,000 Afghan refugees had returned or were deported to Afghanistan in 2018, according to figures from Afghan Ministry of Refugees and Repatriations.