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Iran blames US and Israel for terror attack that killed Revolutionary Guards

Iran blames US and Israel for terror attack that killed Revolutionary Guards

The bus was travelling on a highway near the town of Chanali in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, the state-run Fars news agency reported citing officials it didn't name.

The attack happened on the road in-between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militant groups and drug smugglers frequently operate.

Tehran immediately linked the attack in Iran's restive southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province to an ongoing USA -led conference in Warsaw largely focused on Iran, just two days after the nation marked the 40th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Abas Aslani, a visiting scholar at the Centre for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran, said that Jaish al-Adl is an offshoot of the armed group Jundullah, whose leader Abdolmalek Rigi was captured and executed by Iran in 2010.

The Guard is a major economic and military power in Iran, answerable only to the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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The bomber struck as the troops were returning from a patrol mission on the border with Pakistan, where Baluchi separatist and jihadist groups have rear bases, the Guards said.

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While violence and bomb attacks are not uncommon on both Iran's western and eastern frontiers - bordering Iraq and Afghanistan respectively - audacious and organised assaults that directly target the Islamic Republic's security services are still rare. At least 18 people were killed and more than 50 wounded.

In the past, Tehran has accused its main regional rival Saudi Arabia of backing Sunni militia groups who have carried out bloody attacks against Iranian security forces.

The Guards' estimated 125,000-strong military, with army, navy and air units, has acted as the sword and shield of Shi'ite clerical rule in Iran since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying the perpetrators behind the attack will not go unpunished. Tehran showed off ballistic missiles in defiance of USA efforts to curb its military power.

"Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?"

What do we known about Jaish al-Adl?

Back in October 2018, at least 29 people were killed and 70 others wounded in an attack on a military parade in Iran's southwestern city of Ahvaz. He was tried and executed.