Iran summons Pak envoy over suicide bombing

February 18,2019

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TEHRAN: Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday summoned the Pakistani ambassador after Tehran accused Islamabad of harbouring a group behind a deadly suicide attack on security forces.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran expects Pakistan´s government and army to seriously confront ... the groups active on its border with Iran," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

An Iranian official at the ministry called on Pakistan to quickly take the necessary steps for the identification and arrest of the attack´s perpetrators.

The suicide bombing on Wednesday killed 27 members of Iran´s Revolutionary Guards travelling on a bus in the volatile southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, which straddles the border with Pakistan.

The attack was claimed by the jihadist outfit Jaish al-Adl (“Army of Justice”). Iran´s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has also linked the perpetrators of Wednesday´s attack to “the spying agencies of some regional and trans-regional countries”.


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