Tehran, Sep 28 (AFP) Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Friday they had killed four militants who had slipped across the border from Pakistan to try to carry out an attack. Also Read - US Sets New Global Record With 1,480 Deaths in 24 Hours; President Trump Recommends Face Masks

The Guards said two militants were also wounded in the clash in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, with the “rest of the terrorists fleeing to the soil of the neighbouring country”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Trump Tests Negative For Second Time, Says 'It Took Just 15 Minutes For The Result'

Sistan-Baluchistan has a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community, which straddles the border into the Baluchistan province of neighbouring Pakistan. Also Read - Coronavirus: US Laboratory Develops Portable, Five-Minute COVID-19 Test

Sunni extremist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God) launched a bloody insurgency in the province in 2000 targeting the security forces and officials of Iran’s Shiite-dominated government.

The campaign peaked with a spate of deadly attacks from 2007 — including twin suicide bombings against a Shiite mosque that killed 28 people — but abated after the group’s leader was killed in mid-2010.

In 2012, Jundullah members formed a successor organisation called Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which has carried out a spate of attacks on the security forces.

Iran has alleged that the group has received support from the US, British and Israeli intelligence services with the complicity of Pakistan.

In a statement on their Sepah News website, the Guards said the overnight clash on the Pakistani border came after “intelligence operations by the Guards’ ground forces revealed that a terrorist team linked to global arrogance planned to attack the Islamic republic’s border posts on (Friday) morning.” “Global arrogance” is a term routinely used in Iranian official rhetoric to refer to the United States and its allies.

The violence in the southeast came less than a week after a deadly attack on a military parade in the mainly ethnic Arab city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.

Iran blamed that attack, which killed 24 people last Saturday, on “jihadist separatists” supported by a US ally in the region.

Claims of responsibility were posted by both the jihadists of the Islamic State group and by a separatist group calling itself Ahvaz National Resistance. (AFP) PMS PMS

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.