Iranian Forces Monitoring Border Attack "Terrorists": Commander
    2013-10-29 15:39:12     Xinhua       Web Editor: Liu Yuanhui

A high-ranking Iranian commander said Iran's forces are monitoring Jaish al-Adl "terrorists," who recently carried out deadly operations against Iranian border guards in the southeast, Press TV reported Tuesday.

Iran's Border Police Commander Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaqari said that the Pakistan-based Jaish al-Adl "terrorist group", which was formed several years ago and has since engaged in separate exchanges of fire with the Iranian forces, is responsible for the recent deadly attack on the border guards, according to the report.

Jaish al-Adl (The Army of Justice) has claimed responsibility for the Friday attack in a mountainous area near Saravan city bordering Pakistan, in Sistan and Baluchestan province, in which at least 14 guards were killed.

To revenge the bloody attack, Iran hanged on Saturday 16 prisoners who it called "terrorist elements."

The Sunni rebel group of Jaish-al-Adl claims to stand for the rights of the Sunni people in Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province. It was responsible for a number of attacks on Iran's border posts.

Zolfaqari said Iranian border guards also engaged in another fire-fight with the group in Mirjaveh city, in the same province, lately in which four terrorists were killed. Iranian forces are keeping a close eye on Jaish al-Adl in order to prevent further acts of terror from the group, the Iranian commander added.

On Tuesday, Tehran Times daily reported that the Iranian ambassador to Pakistan, Alireza Haqiqian, demanded Islamabad immediately identify and extradite the "terrorists" who killed Iranian border guards on Friday night.

Haqiqian made the demand in a meeting with a Pakistani deputy foreign minister in Islamabad.

Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday summoned Pakistan's charge d'affaires in Tehran, Sohail Siddiqui, to protest the deadly attack, Press TV reported.

In the meeting, the Foreign Ministry strongly demanded that Islamabad act in accordance with the bilateral security pact and extradition treaty and apprehend the ringleaders as well as members of the terrorist group.

In February, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crimes, fighting terrorism and countering activities which pose a threat to the national security of either country.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has called for an investigation into the shooting incident on Friday, and tasked the Foreign Ministry with taking necessary measures to implement the border security agreement with Pakistan.

Sistan and Baluchestan province, mostly populated by Sunni Muslims, has been the locus of bloody clashes between the Sunni rebels and the Iranian security forces.

Also, the region is located at the crossroad of the international drug smuggling route from Afghanistan and Pakistan to Europe.


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