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Suicide attack on bus kills 27 Iran Revolutionary Guards

AFP  |  Tehran 

A on a Revolutionary Guards bus in killed 27 troops on Wednesday, in one of the deadliest attacks on the elite forces in years.

The assault came as the troops were returning from a border patrol mission, the Guards said in a statement.

"In this attack 27 of Islam's brave warriors were killed and 13 were wounded," the statement read, accusing "world domination and Zionist intelligence agencies" of supporting the attackers.

Earlier the official agency said, "The suicide attack on an personnel bus happened on the Khash-Zahedan road."

A picture released by the semi-official agency showed a hulk of lying by the side of a road, unrecognisable as a bus.

The attack happened when "a car filled with explosives blew up besides a bus", the Guards said.

"Mercenaries of intelligence agencies of world arrogance and domination," carried out the attack to counteract "the victory of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution", they added.

has been celebrating the 40th anniversary of the return to of Ayatollah in 1979 after more than 14 years in exile and the overthrow of the pro-Western shah.

His arrival triggered the start of the Islamic Revolution and led to the creation of the Islamic Republic.

Wednesday's attack took place in the volatile southeastern province of which has a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community straddling the border with

The reported that the attack was claimed by Jaish al-Adl, a group formed in 2012 as a successor to the Sunni group (Soldiers of God), which waged a deadly insurgency against Iranian targets over the past decade.

The -- blacklisted as a "group" in -- "announced its responsibility in a brief Persian message on February 13, 2019," SITE reported.

The attack came on the same day as the gathered some 60 countries in for a conference on the and Iran which they hoped would increase pressure on

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First Published: Thu, February 14 2019. 01:45 IST