Revolutionary Guard members killed in Iran bombing, state media say

Saul Bowman
February 15, 2019

The group's Quds Force unit said the United States, its allies and Zionism shared responsibility for the attack, without elaborating on the claim. Several social media accounts affiliated with the group also took credit for the attack.

Rouhani called on Iran's neighbors to assume their "legal responsibilities" and not allow "terrorists" to use their soil to prepare attacks.

Sistan-Baluchistan is home to a large ethnic Baluchi community, who straddle the border and who, unlike most Iranians, who are Shiite Muslims, are mainly Sunni.

In June 2017, gunmen and suicide bombers attacked Iran's parliament in central Tehran and the Mausoleum of founder of Islamic Revolution Guard Ayatollah Rohullah Khomeini killing at least 13 people.

FILE - A group of Iranian border guards march at the eastern border of Iran shared with Pakistan and Afghanistan, near Zabol, Sistan-Baluchistan Province, Iran, July 19, 2011.

"If this continues and they can not stop the terrorists, it is clear - based on global law - that we have certain rights and will act upon them in due time", he said, without elaborating.

The IRGC personnel were traveling between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, in Sistan and Balouchestan, when their bus was targeted in a suicide vehicle bomb attack.


What does this have to do with Warsaw?

Suicide bombings are rare in Iran where security is pretty stable.

Jaish al-Adl emerged as the main armed opposition movement in the southeast after members of another Sunni group, Jundullah, joined it after their leader was captured on a plane in 2010.

Jaish al-Adl operates primarily in Sistan and Baluchistan, but it also operates from bases in the neighboring Baluchistan province in Pakistan where it gets support from local Baluch tribes. Three police officers were wounded in the January 29 attack.

Two people were killed and around 40 wounded in the port city of Chabahar in early December, in an attack Zarif blamed at the time on "foreign-backed terrorists", a reference to Sunni Muslim extremists.

"The repetitions of this kind of attacks are increasing recently, and the government in Pakistan is doing nothing about these terroristic groups which attack Iran's soldiers and go back to Pakistan", she added.

And in October, Jaish al-Adl kidnapped at least 10 security personnel, including Revolutionary Guards, at a border post in Mirjaveh.

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