At least 20 people were killed on Wednesday in a suicide bomber attack on a bus of the Revolutionary Guards, the regime's elite army in Iran, in the southeastern part of the country, the official Irna news agency reported.
The jihadist group Jail al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack. Jaïch al-Adl ("Army of Justice"), considered a "terrorist" group by Tehran, is made up of ex-members of a Sunni extremist organization that has led a bloody rebellion in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan (south -est Iranian) until 2010.
The attack targeted a bus carrying members of the Revolutionary Guards on the road between the localities of Khash and Zahedan in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, said Irna, citing a "informed source"unidentified.
According to the agency, at least 20 people died in the attack.
A car stuffed with explosives
In a statement, the Guardians of the Revolution confirmed a "suicide attack"against a bus that was bringing back members of this elite corps from the border with Pakistan, reporting an indeterminate number of casualties.
"A car packed with explosives exploded near the bus carrying a unit of Guardian ground forces", they added.
Border of Pakistan and Afghanistan, the Iranian region of Sistan-Baluchistan is regularly the scene of deadly clashes between security forces and Baluchi separatists or jihadist groups that Tehran accuses Islamabad and Ryad to support.
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.