[original article in BBC Farsi]
On July 11th, the General of the Revolutionary Guard, Qasem Rezaei, told reporters in Zahedan [a city in the province of Sistan & Baluchestan] that a group of terrorist entered into Iran on July 10th from the border of Pakistan into Mirjaveh [a city in the province of Sistan & Baluchestan].
According to Mr. Rezaei, the fighting against the terrorist group, along the border, lasted about two hours during which a number of its members were killed and three individuals were arrested. Also, one border guard lost his life during this conflict.
The Commander at the border patrol announced the confiscation of large quantities of weapons and ammunition, including three guns, explosives, and 140 air and ground detonators. He also said that the detainees confessed that their intentions were to act out terrorist activities and detonate explosives in the cities of Iran, especially Zahedan, Kerman and Bam.
Iran’s province of Sistan & Baluchestan shares a border with both Afghanistan and Pakistan and in previous years Iran’s security forces have been in armed conflicts with drug traffickers. However, over the last few years, different parts of the province has witnessed bombings, armed attacks, kidnapping and assassinations of local officials – some of which were politically motivated.
Two weeks ago, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp, which is responsible for the security of parts of the eastern border, had a border guard killed during an armed clash in the city of Saravan [in the province of Sistan & Baluchestan].
The commander of Iran’s Law Enforcement Force, NAJA, identified over 70 threatening groups in Pakistan and said: “we have even told the Pakistani officials where they are. As a good neighbor, we expect Pakistan to cooperate on this issue.”