Revolutionary Guard members killed in Iran bombing, state media say

Lamar Ellis
February 14, 2019

The attack happened on a road between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, close to the Pakistan border where militant groups and drug smugglers readily operate.

The state-run IRNA news agency, citing what it described as an "informed source", also reported the attack on the Guard in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan province.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is linking a suicide bombing targeting the country's elite Revolution Guard to an ongoing, US-sponsored Mideast meeting in Warsaw.

Both official and semi-official Iranian media outlets blamed Wednesday's bombing on Jaish al-Adl, or "Army of Justice", saying the group had claimed the attack. It was the deadliest such attack in Iran in almost a decade.

Jaish ul-Adl militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

"In this suicide attack a auto filled with explosives blew up besides a bus carrying a unit of the Guards' ground forces causing the martyrdom and wounding of a number of the protectors of our Islamic homeland's border", the statement read.

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Local tribes control large swaths of Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan regions and neither Iranian nor Pakistani security forces have a permanent presence there. Iran has sought the co-operation of Pakistan in recent cases involving Jaish al-Adl as well.

On Twitter he asked: "Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?" In 2009, more than 40 people, including six Guard commanders, were killed in a suicide attack by extremists in Sistan and Baluchistan province. Thirteen people were wounded.

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

He earlier blasted the two-day conference being co-hosted by Washington in Warsaw as "dead on arrival".

Also in December of the same year, four Iranian policemen were killed and 42 other people were wounded in a suicide auto bomb attack on a police headquarters in the country's southeast.

"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.

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