Suicide attack targets Iranian Guards’ headquarters in Balochistan

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Iran's Revolutionary Guard announced on Sunday that one of its border checkpoints in the Sarawan district of Sistan and Balochistan province had been attacked by a suicide bomber, killing the attacker and wounding two men from the Basij militias.

Tasnim news agency reported on Monday, that a group of gunmen tried to attack an Islamic Revolutionary Guard headquarter in the Sarawan border town of Sistan and Balochistan province in the southeast.

The Revolutionary Guards described the attackers as "aggressive members of a terrorist group" and said his forces had repulsed the attack but one of the attackers detonated his explosive jacket, killing himself and wounding two Basij forces personnel.

This is not the first time that the city of Sarawan, Balochistan witnesses an attack on the border points of the Revolutionary Guard or the Iranian army. On January 7, 2017, an Iranian border guard was killed and three others injured in clashes with an armed Balochian group on Friday in area of Jekygor of Sistan and Balochistan provinces in southeastern Iran on the Pakistani border.

The Iranian news agency "Irna" then quoted a government source familiar with the clashes that occurred on Friday afternoon between militants and border guards in the region of Jekygor south of Sistan and Balochistan province.

The news stated that the attackers were traveling in a truck to transport food supplies to the border guards in the area of Jekygor, where they clashed with a gunman at 11:30 local time.

On December 19, 2016, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards announced the killing of one of its officers and the wounding of another in a car bomb attack, following overnight clashes with an armed opposition group in the city of Sarawan, located east of Pakistan's Balochistan province, southeast of Iran.

Baloch Sunnis form the majority of the population of Sistan and Baluchistan province in southwestern Iran along the sides of Baluchistan province of Pakistan.

The Balochi opposition accuses the Iranian authorities of practicing ethnic and sectarian discrimination against the Baloch people in Iran.

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