Iran Vows Revenge for Terror Attack on IRGC

Frederick Owens
February 14, 2019

The attack happened on the road in-between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militant groups and drug smugglers frequently operate.

Bahram Ghasemi, a spokesperson for Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said in a statement following the attack that terrorist groups were capable of committing such an "inhumane act" because of the support of some countries in the region. It said the troops were returning from the border.

Jaish al-Adl, formed in 2012, is a successor to the extremist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), which has carried out a spate of attacks on Iranian security forces in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

The bombing was swiftly claimed by Jaish al-Adl, or the Army of Justice, which is linked to al-Qaeda.

The Jaish al-Adl "has issued a statement officially taking responsibility for the terrorist attack", Fars reported.

A coordinated June 7, 2017 ISIS assault on Parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Iranian state media has offered differing death tolls for the attack, ranging from 27 to 41.

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The truck was loaded with explosives when it detonated and struck the bus carrying members of the guard who were coming back from "a border guarding mission", Fars reported.

"Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that (hashtag) WarsawCircus begins?" "U.S. seems to always make the same wrong choices, but expect different results", Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said in reaction to the attack.

Almost a year after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the country's economy has buckled under aggressive USA sanctions.

Local tribes control large swaths of Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan regions and neither Iranian nor Pakistani security forces have a permanent presence there.

Wednesday's attack was the deadliest in Iran since September, when gunmen killed at least 24 people at a military parade in the south-western city of Ahvaz.

Twenty members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard were killed in a suicide attack in the southeast of the country on Wednesday.

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