Iran: Three guards killed by roadside bomb
Iranian media has reported that three Iranian military personnel were killed in the south-east on Wednesday when the car they were travelling in was hit by a roadside bomb.
The reported killings were near the borders of Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan. They come at a time of increased tension in the region as separatist Sunni Islamist up their attacks on officially Shi'ite Iran.
The three men killed were part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) working on construction near the city of Saravan, Tasnim news agency reported.
Earlier November gunmen shot and killed a public prosecutor and his driver in the city of Zabol, as revenge for 16 prisoners hung for being terrorists earlier in the year.
Days before that assassination, militants killed 14 Iranians who were guarding borders in an attack near Iran's frontier with Pakistan. A little known group Jaish ul-Adl claimed to have carried out the attack.
In 2010, following the execution of the leader of the Baluchi separatist Sunni Muslim group Jundollah, analysts claim to see an uprising in radicalization of armed insurgents in the majority Sunni region showing more Al Qaeda-style 'jihad' behavior.
So far in 2013, rights groups have documented more than 400 executions in Iran. Over 100 of those executions have been carried out since the election of President Hassan Rouhani, Human Rights Watch said.