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February 18, 2019

Iran summons Pak envoy over suicide bombing

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February 18, 2019

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

"The Islamic Republic of Iran expects Pakistan’s government and the army to seriously confront ... the terrorist 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 killed 27 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards travelling on a bus in Sistan-Baluchistan, which straddles the border with Pakistan. The attack was claimed by the militant outfit Jaish al-Adl. Iran’s supreme leader has also linked the perpetrators of Wednesday’s attack to "the spying agencies of some regional and trans-regional countries".

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