At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 14, 2019

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.

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

Twelve members of the Guards were among 25 people killed last autumn by gunmen on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz in the southwest. The Revolutionary Guard later reported on its website that 27 were killed and 13 wounded.

While violence and bomb attacks are not uncommon on both Iran's western and eastern frontiers - bordering Iraq and Afghanistan respectively - audacious and organised assaults that directly target the Islamic Republic's security services are still rare.

Jaish al-Adl, formed in 2012, is a successor to the extremist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), which has carried out a spate of attacks on Iranian security forces in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

Jaish al-Adl claimed Wednesday's bombing in a statement online.

In December a suicide bombing in the port city of Chabahar, also in the province, killed two police officers and wounded 42 people.

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

Iran's Shi'ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighboring country to crack down on them.

Amid the new tensions, Iran's already-weakened economy has been further challenged.

On Twitter he asked: "Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?"

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.

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.

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