Eight Iranian soldiers killed in Pakistan border clashes

Published April 7th, 2015 - 06:14 GMT
Tuesday's clashes were the deadliest in almost two years; the last uptick in violence with Sunni militants in the border province was in October 2013 and left 14 soldiers dead. (AFP/File)
Tuesday's clashes were the deadliest in almost two years; the last uptick in violence with Sunni militants in the border province was in October 2013 and left 14 soldiers dead. (AFP/File)

Eight Iranian soldiers were killed in clashes with infiltrating Sunni rebels on the Pakistani border, Iran's government news organization, IRNA, reported Tuesday. 

Speaking to the news agency, the deputy governor of Iran's Sistan-Baluchistan province, Ali Asghar Mirshekari, said "armed terrorists" stormed the Iranian-Pakistan border and killed eight soldiers after clashing with border guards. Mirshekari said the group then fled back across the border.

A Sunni-majority area, the Sistan-Baluchistan province has been the site of repeated attacks by Sunni militants, who clash with security forces in Shiite-run Iran. Tuesday's attack was the deadliest since an October 2013 incident claimed by the armed Sunni group Jaish-ul Adl, or Army of Justice, that left 14 Iranian soldiers dead, according to the AFP.

The group went on the capture five Iranian soldiers last February, AFP reports, four of whom were released in April and the last of whom is still missing and presumed dead.

This is a developing story, please check back for more details. 

 

 


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