Saturday, 16 February, 2019

At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing

Suicide attack kills 20 members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Iran suicide bombing: Jihadists claim responsibility for bus attack that leaves at least 20 dead
Deanna Wagner | 14 February, 2019, 00:50

It later issued a statement saying a vehicle loaded with explosives targeted a bus carrying border guards affiliated with its force.

Sistan-Baluchistan is a volatile province near the border with Pakistan, where militant groups and drug smugglers frequently operate.

In September previous year, Isis militants and an Arab group claimed responsibility for a deadly assault on a military parade, also in the country's south, that killed and wounded dozens of people, including members of the Guards. Thirteen people were wounded.

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.

The attack happened in Iran's port city of Chabahar which has been emerging as economic hub between the regional countries. Jundallah, a Sunni extremist group whose members have joined Jaish al-Adl, claimed responsibility for that attack.

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

Iranian authorities blamed "jihadist separatists" for the assault claiming they were backed by Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States.

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The bombing comes on the day of a USA -led conference in Warsaw, Poland that included discussions of what the United States described as Iran' "malign influence" across the wider Middle East.

"Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by a terror on the very day that the #WarsawCircus begins?" he wrote.

Neighbouring Pakistan condemned the suicide attack, "Shocked and grieved to hear about the suicide attack on IRGC bus near Zahidan today, in which many lives were lost", Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a statement.

"Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with twitter bots?" Since then, the United Nations says Iran has kept up its side of the bargain, though Iranian officials have increasingly threatened to resume higher enrichment.

Khamenei, who earlier approved President Hassan Rouhani's outreach to the West during the nuclear deal negotiations, dismissed any future dealings with the U.S.

Ten members of the Guards were also wounded in the attack, which targeted a bus transporting the security force, according to Fars News Agency.