Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Bus Bombed; Dozens Dead

Iranian Revolutionary Guard Bus Bombed; Dozens Dead

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. He did not specify which enemies or what actions Tehran would take.

A video posted by Fars showed blood and debris at the site of the attack on a road in a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militants and armed drug smugglers operate.

The group has carried out several recent attacks against security personnel in Sistan-Baluchestan, which has a large mainly Sunni ethnic Baluchi community.

The attack came on the same day that the U.S. gathered some 60 countries - including Israel - in Poland for a conference on the Middle East and Iran that they hoped would increase pressure on Tehran.

A separatist group called Jaish al-Adl, or Army of Justice, has claimed responsibility, according to state-run news agency IRNA. At least 18 people were killed and more than 50 wounded.

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

Pakistan's foreign ministry spokesman Mohammad Faisal said Pakistanis were "shocked and grieved".

He earlier blasted the two-day conference being co-hosted by Washington in Warsaw as "dead on arrival". The group is blacklisted as a "terrorist group" in Iran. Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of United States efforts to curb its military power.

Iran had enjoyed relative stability compared to Arab neighbors who have grappled with political and economic upheaval touched off by popular uprisings in 2011. In 2009, more than 40 people, including six Guard commanders, were killed in a suicide attack by Sunni extremists in Sistan and Baluchistan province.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday blamed a suicide bombing that killed 27 people in southeastern Iran on Israel and the Untied States, vowing revenge against Jaish al-Adl, the "mercenary group" that committed it. He was tried and executed.

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