Members of Iran’s security forces killed in a shootout with an unidentified ‘terrorist group’, state media report.
Tehran, Iran – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says four members of Iran’s security forces have been killed in a gunfight near the border with Pakistan.
A member of the elite force, named Mohammad Goudarzi, and three members of the Basij forces, which operate under the IRGC, were killed after a fight with an unidentified “terrorist group,” according to a statement published by state media.
He said IRGC ground forces repelled the assault, prompting the attackers to flee to Pakistan.
The incident reportedly took place in Saravan, in the south-eastern province of Sistan and Balochistan, close to the border with Pakistan.
The IRGC did not say the fighting was related to the ongoing unrest in the country amid protests that erupted in mid-September after the death in custody of Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the moral police for alleged breach of a Mandatory dress code for women.
But he previously accused “separatist” and “terrorist” groups in the border areas of Sistan and Balochistan, where most of Iran’s ethnic Baluchis live, and Kurdish-majority areas in the country’s northwest of sowing riots.
Sistan and Balochistan have seen some of the deadliest events since the start of the protests.
That includes an incident on September 30, when Amnesty International said security forces killed dozens.
Iran had said that “terrorist” forces had opened fire, killing several IRGC members, among others, prompting a response from security forces.
A security agency in Iran said earlier this month that 200 people have been killed in unrest since September, far fewer than the more than 450 cited by foreign-based human rights organizations.
Iranian authorities have accused foreign powers, including the United States and Israel, of being behind the country’s unrest.
State television aired a report on Sunday saying Iran’s intelligence ministry arrested a number of unidentified people who were allegedly working at the behest of Israel to “damage sensitive defense industries.”
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