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Iran Says it has Killed Mastermind behind Ahwaz Attack

Iran Says it has Killed Mastermind behind Ahwaz Attack

Wednesday, 17 October, 2018 - 06:00
Iranian guards. AFP file photo
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Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Tuesday they had killed the “mastermind” behind an attack on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahwaz last month which left 25 people dead, nearly half of them members of the Guards.

The Guards said in a statement published on state media that their forces had killed a man named Abu Zaha and four other militants in Diyala province in Iraq. One news website run by Iran’s state television said Abu Zaha was an ISIS member.

Earlier, Baluch separatists seized 14 Iranian guards on the border with Pakistan in the city of Mirjaveh, before they transferred them to an unknown location.

Commander of the Guard's ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said members of the so-called ‘Jaish-ul-Adl’ terrorist group infiltrated the country from the Pakistani side of the border and took hostage a number of local Basij forces, border guards and two IRGC members.

Although Pakpour said the Baluch separatists had kidnapped 11 Iranian members of the border security force, other Iranian media outlets later quoted an official as saying there are 14 missing guards.

Pakpour said Iran “is ready to carry out any joint operation with Pakistan’s army to arrest the outlaws and secure the release of the hostages and we will pursue this case until those abducted individuals safely return to their families.”

The militant group, Jaish al-Adl, later claimed responsibility on its Twitter account.

Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi condemned the abduction of the Iranian forces and their transfer to Pakistan.

He said Iranian foreign minister's assistant in West Asia affairs asked the Pakistani ambassador to Tehran to help release the abductees, adding that the Pakistani envoy expressed his deep regret over the incident and said he would inform Iranian officials about his country's measures as soon as possible.

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