Terrorists target IRGC bus in southeastern Iran

Suicide attack kills 20 members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

State-run IRNA news agency, citing what it described as an "informed source", reported the attack on the Guard in Iran's Sistan and Baluchistan province.

It also comes two days after Iran marked the 40th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution and four decades of tense relations with the West.

The restive Sistan and Baluchistan, which is home to many ethnic Sunni Baluch, is one of the most underdeveloped and poverty-stricken areas in the country.

The enemies will receive a very firm response from the Revolutionary Guards: commander.

Both official and semi-official Iranian media outlets blamed Wednesday's bombing on Jaish al-Adl, or "Army of Justice", saying the group had claimed the attack.

Iran's Shi'ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighbouring country to crack down on them.

While Jaish al Adl and other groups like it are not regarded as a major security threat, the attack is a fresh blow to the image of the Guard, which reports directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The explosion struck the vehicle on a desert road near Iran's volatile border with Pakistan and Afghanistan.

And in early December past year two people were killed and around 40 others wounded in the port city of Chabahar, also in Sistan-Baluchistan, in an attack which Zarif at the time blamed on "foreign-backed terrorists" - a reference to Sunni Muslim extremists.

And most recently, an attack on a military parade in September in Iran's oil-rich southwest killed over 20 and wounded over 60. "Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with (Twitter) bots?" Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

Iran fired ballistic missiles into Syria over a bloody Islamic State attack on Tehran targeting parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 2017 that killed at least 18 people.

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



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