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Four 'terrorists' killed in attack on Iran military checkpoint

AFP  |  Tehran 

Four "terrorists" were killed after infiltrating and attacking a military in a southeastern border area, officials said today.

The attack took place yesterday near the city of Saravan, about 50 kilometres from the Pakistani border, in the province of Sistan-Balochistan, the Islamic Republic's elite Revolutionary Guards said in a statement.

Revolutionary Guard troops fought off the attack, it said, saying one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest.

Two members of the Basiji paramilitary force affiliated with the Guards were wounded in the fight, during which one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest.

The Guards statement said three assailants had been killed but ground forces commander later updated the figure to four dead.

He said on state television that the assailants had mounted their attack from "the soil of a neighbouring country" but did not name the country.

In the past, has accused of supporting Jaish al-Adl, a group accused by of links to Al-Qaeda, which has carried out numerous attacks in Sistan-

Iranian media regularly reports armed clashes between security forces and criminal groups or "terrorists" in the border province, whose residents are mostly Sunni members of the Baluchi ethnic minority.

Iran's population is 90 percent Shiite and predominantly Persian.

From 2005 to 2010, Sistan-was destabilised by a rebellion led by a Sunni Baloch group Jundallah, "Soldiers of Allah", whose activities virtually ceased after the execution of its in mid-2010.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 21:25 IST