Tehran: At least 27 Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces were killed and 13 others injured in a terrorist attack when they were traveling between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, in Sistan and Baluchestan province on Wednesday and their bus was targeted in a suicide car bomb attack.
The IRGC’s Qods Headquarters said in a statement that an explosives-laden car rammed into the bus, which was taking the personnel back to their homes.
The Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing.
The terrorist outfit was formed in 2012 by members of the Pakistan-based Jundallah, another terror group dismantled by Iranian intelligence forces in 2010 after its ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi was executed.
Iranian border guards have repeatedly come under attacks by terror outfits active on the Pakistani soil.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned the attack and said the victims will soon be avenged.
“The self-sacrificing military and intelligence sons of the Iranian nation will take revenge for the blood of the martyrs of this incident,” the Iranian spokesman said.
Terrorist groups carrying out similar attacks against Iranian interests in southeastern and southwestern parts of the country have known links to Saudi Arabia and a number of other repressive regimes in the Persian Gulf region.
Meanwhile Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says it is not coincidental that terrorists have attacked the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) on the same day that an anti-Iran summit organized by the United States kicks off in Poland.
Condemning the suicide car bombing attack against an IRGC personnel bus, Zarif raised suspicion about the deadly attack’s possible links to the “circus” in Warsaw, the Polish capital.
“Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins? Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with twitter bots? US seems to always make the same wrong choices, but expect different results,” he wrote.