Four Pakistanis slain in Iran Guard attack: Report

Last Updated: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 18:04

Tehran: Four Pakistani citizens were among those slain in the attack on Iran`s elite Revolutionary Guards in Sistan-Baluchistan province, Fars news agency reported on Friday.
On Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up in Pisheen town during a meeting of Guards and local tribesmen, slaughtering more than 40 people, including 15 members of the Guards.

The bomber struck in front of a local gymnasium where a handicraft exhibition was taking place in Pisheen, near the Pakistani border in the south-eastern province.

"Four Pakistani citizens, who were near the handicraft exhibition, also died in the incident," Jalal Sayyah, Deputy Governor of Sistan-Baluchistan told Fars.

He said investigations revealed that the bomber wanted to go to the meeting, "but fearing he would be searched... he blew himself up inside the exhibition."

The bomber had crossed into Iran from Pakistan a day before the attack Sayyah said.

"He was trained four months ago in one of (Abdolmalek) Rigi`s bases in Pakistan," he added, referring to the leader of the rebel Jundallah (Soldiers of God) group which claimed the bombing.

The militant group says it is battling Tehran`s Shi’ite rule to fight for the rights of the province`s Baluchi people, who adhere to Sunni Islam.

Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar was in Pakistan today to discuss ways of cracking down on Jundallah.

Bureau Report

First Published: Friday, October 23, 2009 - 18:04
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