Terrorists target IRGC bus in southeastern Iran

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The bus was carrying 40 passengers, a statement from the guard said, but it did not mention the number of casualties.

A video posted by Fars showed blood and debris at the site of the attack on a road in a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militants and armed drug smugglers operate.

While Sunni militant groups are not regarded as a major threat, the attack dealt a fresh blow to Iran's security establishment, which has often said it can repel any threat no matter how big, even from the United States and its ally Israel.

An attack by gunmen on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz last autumn killed at least 25 people, including 12 members of the Guards. Thirteen people were wounded.

The attack comes on the day a US-led conference takes place in Warsaw that included talks on what the Americans describe as Iran's malign influence across the Middle East.


Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi vowed retaliation for Wednesday's attack.

In October, Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for kidnapping 10 Iranian security personnel. In December, another deadly suicide bombing targeted police in the city of Chabahar. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for instance in a 2017 interview suggested the kingdom knew it was a "main target of Iran".

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the day of a USA -led conference in Warsaw that included discussions on what America describes as Iran's malign influence across the wider Mideast. Since then, the United Nations says Iran has kept up its side of the bargain, though Iranian officials have increasingly threatened to resume higher enrichment.

Neighbouring Pakistan condemned the suicide attack, "Shocked and grieved to hear about the suicide attack on IRGC bus near Zahidan today, in which many lives were lost", Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal said in a statement. Zarif wrote on Twitter.

Iranian border guards have repeatedly come under attacks by terror outfits active on the Pakistani soil.

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