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Militants strike Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ base, 1 killed

Militants strike Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ base, 1 killed

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Feb 02, 2019 - 17:20

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): One member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards was killed and five others wounded after militants stormed a base hosting an official ceremony in Sistan-Balochistan province, media reports said Saturday.

Official celebrations to the mark the 40th anniversary of its Islamic Revolution were underway when the attack began, Mohammad Hadi Marashi, provincial deputy governor for security affairs, was quoted as saying by the IRNA state news agency.

He said the attack targeted a base of the Basij, a paramilitary force affiliated with the powerful Revolutionary Guards, in the city of Nik Shahr in Sistan-Balochistan province.

"A [paramilitary] Basij base in Nik Shahr came under ... fire this morning and several from the Revolutionary Guards communications personnel who were wiring the base were hit," Hadi said.

"Five of the Guards personnel were wounded and one was martyred," Marashi said, adding that anniversary events were proceeding peacefully.

The semi-official news agency Tasnim said Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni armed group, has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mohsen Golmohammadi, Nik Shahr's prosecutor, identified the victim as Morteza Aliahmadi in an interview with the semi-official Mehr news agency.

The prosecutor said the two attackers scaled the wall of the military base before opening fire. Both assailants escaped, he said.

Last week, a double-bombing attack injured three policemen in Zahedan, the provincial capital. Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) claimed responsibility for the attack.

State media said only that it was a "terrorist" attack, and held no particular group responsible.

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