The attack, perpetrated in the province of Baluchistan, was claimed by the jihadist group Jail Al-Adl.

The World with AFP Posted yesterday at 17h34, updated at 00h06

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The attack, perpetrated in Baluchistan province, was claimed by a jihadist group.
The attack, perpetrated in Baluchistan province, was claimed by a jihadist group. HANDOUT / AFP

At least 27 people were killed Wednesday (February 13th) in a suicide attack on a Revolutionary Guards bus – the regime's elite army in Iran. The attack, perpetrated in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan (south-east of the country), was claimed by the jihadist group Jaïch Al-Adl.

He targeted a vehicle carrying members of the Revolutionary Guards on the road between the Khash and Zahedan localities, the official Iranian news agency IRNA said, citing a "Informed source" unidentified. Ten members of the Revolutionary Guards were also wounded.

In a statement, the guards confirmed a "Suicide attack" against a bus carrying members of this elite corps from the border with Pakistan. "A car packed with explosives exploded near the vehicle carrying a unit of ground forces of the guards"they added.

Frequent killer hangovers

Border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the region of Sistan-Baluchistan is regularly the scene of deadly clashes between police and Baloch separatists or jihadist groups. Tehran accuses Islamabad and Ryad of supporting them. The province has a large community of Sunni Muslims of Baluchi ethnicity in a country with a large Shiite majority.

In recent months, Iranian security forces and Revolutionary Guards have been the target of several attacks in the same province.

The latest deadly attack in Iran dates back to September 22, 2018: twenty-four people were killed by a commando of five attackers who opened fire with automatic weapons on a military parade in Ahvaz, capital of the Iranian province of Khuzestan. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State organization and an Arab separatist group in the name of Ahvaz's national resistance.

The attack on Sistan-Balouchista comes as the country commemorated Monday the 40e anniversary of the Islamic revolution that ended the regime of Shah, great ally of the United States in the Middle East.

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