Terrorists target IRGC bus in southeastern Iran

14 February, 2019, 07:42 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Suicide attack kills 20 members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

A suicide attack struck a bus carrying members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, killing as many as 30 personnel of the elite corps.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi vowed retaliation. He did not specify which enemies or what actions Tehran would take.

The suicide bomber drove a vehicle packed with explosives into a Revolutionary Guard bus in southeastern Iran close to the Pakistani border, where there is a Sunni insurgency. The death toll is expected to rise.

The bombing comes on the day of a US -led conference in Warsaw, Poland that included discussions of what the United States described as Iran' "malign influence" across the wider Middle East.

The Sunni jihadist movement Jaysh ul-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack, and claimed they had killed every one of the forty soldiers on board.

The attack came on the day of a US-led conference in Warsaw that included discussions on what the United States describes as Iran's "malign influence" across the wider Middle East.

The group has carried out several recent attacks against security personnel in Sistan-Baluchestan, which has a large mainly Sunni ethnic Baluchi community.

JA describes itself as a "political-military" movement and claims to be fighting to achieve justice for the "oppressed Sunni Baluch" people.


The terrorist outfit was formed in 2012 by members of the Pakistan-based Jundallah, another terror group dismantled by Iranian intelligence forces in 2010 after its ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi was executed.

Sistan-Baluchistan has been the scene of other attacks.

"Most militant groups in Baluchistan are based on tribal connections", Abdullah Haqyar, a former JA member, told VOA in a previous interview.

However, a bombing like this inside of Iran likely will draw an immediate reaction from the Guard, a massive paramilitary organization that both controls Iran's ballistic missile program and vast chunks of its economy.

The exact number of JA members is unknown, but according to some reports, it has over 500 members and followers.

JA says it must fight the Shi'ite-dominated regime in Iran because it persecutes the Sunni minority.

Ten others on board the bus were wounded, the agency said. It was the deadliest such attack in Iran in almost a decade. Three police officers were wounded in the January 29 attack.

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