Iranian Revolutionary Guard Bus Bombed; Dozens Dead

14 February, 2019, 07:42 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Iran's elite force has been targeted in the past with deadly attacks

The state-run IRNA news agency, citing what it described as an "informed source", reported the attack on the security forces occurred in Iran's Sistan-Baluchestan province.

Iran's foreign minister referenced a US-led summit on "peace and security" in the Middle East that kicked off in Warsaw on Wednesday in a tweet on the attack.

The attack took place in the volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan which has a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community straddling the border with Pakistan.

"The enemies will receive a very firm response from the Revolutionary Guards like before".

More recently, another Sunni extremist group known as Jaish al-Adl linked to al-Qaida, kidnapped 11 Iranian border guards in October.

The attack happened in Iran's port city of Chabahar which has been emerging as economic hub between the regional countries.

Journalists on Twitter say the terrorist group, Jaish ul Adl have claimed responsibility for the attack, via its Telegram channel.

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According to IRGC Qods Base statement, the bus was attacked by a vehicle bomb packed with explosive material on the road between Zahedan and Khash in the southeastern province. Iran has sought the co-operation of Pakistan in recent cases involving Jaish al-Adl as well.

Iran fired ballistic missiles into Syria over a bloody Islamic State attack on Tehran targeting parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 2017 that killed at least 18 people.

The attacks come as Iranian officials have said they blame Saudi Arabia and the United States for stirring up dissent in the country.

"It is another attempt by the United States to pursue an obsession with Iran that is not well-founded", Zarif told a Tehran news conference.

"I believe it's dead on arrival or dead before arrival", he said at a news conference before the bombing.

The group also said it had carried out two bombings that wounded three police officers in Zahedan at the end of January.

Wednesday's attack was the deadliest in Iran since September, when gunmen killed at least 24 people at a military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz.

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