Published: Sun, April 30, 2017
Global | By Maureen Mccoy

Iran summons Pakistani envoy over attack on borders guards

Iran summons Pakistani envoy over attack on borders guards

The Army of Justice is a Sunni militant group that has previously claimed responsibility for attacks that killed border guards in 2013 and 2015.

On Thursday nine Iranian border guards were killed by terrorists in an ambush at the Pakistani border's zero-point, near the Iranian town of Mirjaveh in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan.

He added that Iran would follow up on the case through the Pakistani government.

According to the report, the border guards were patrolling along the frontier area when the incident took place.

"Unfortunately, Pakistani side of Iran's borders are the most insecure ones and we expect Islamabad to honour its previous promises and prevent a repetition of such attacks", the spokesperson told Durrani.

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In a statement carried on state media, Iranian police said, "The Pakistani government bears ultimate responsibility for the attack".

It went on to note that the Jaish al-Adl ("Army of Justice"), which claims to support Sunni rights in Shia Iran, had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Durrani had offered condolences over the loss of life in the militant attack, IRNA said.

The Iranian chief executive further said certain countries are targeting the Muslim world's unity through proxy warfare.

The Sistan-Baluchistan province in south-east Iran has always been plagued by drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants. The population of the province is predominantly Sunni Muslim while the majority of Iranians are Shi'ites.

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