Iran’s Rouhani blames U.S., Israel for attack on Revolutionary Guards: TV
DUBAI (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blamed the United States and its regional allies on Thursday for a suicide bombing in southeastern Iran that killed 27 participants of the rustic’s elite Revolutionary Guards, Iranian state TV reported.
FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks all over a joint information convention along with his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan (now not pictured) after their assembly in Ankara, Turkey, December 20, 2018. REUTERS/Umit Bektas/File Photo
The drive stated on Wednesday a suicide bomber riding a automobile weighted down with explosives had attacked a bus transporting participants of the Guards within the province of Sistan-Baluchestan.
A militant Sunni Muslim workforce, Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks higher rights and higher residing prerequisites for the ethnic minority Baluchis, has claimed duty for the attack, Iranian media have reported.
“The crime will remain as a ‘dirty stain’ in the black record of the main supporters of terrorism in the White House, Tel Aviv and their regional agents,” Rouhani stated.
Apart from Israel, Rouhani didn’t identify the regional states he believed have been accountable. Mainly Shi’ite Muslim Iran does now not recognise Israel, which is a key U.S. best friend within the area and sees Tehran as posing an existential risk to its life.
In the previous, Tehran has accused its major regional rival Saudi Arabia of backing Sunni armed forces teams who’ve performed bloody assaults towards Iranian safety forces. Riyadh has denied the fees.
Repeating warnings made by means of senior commanders of the Guards, Rouhani stated Iran was once made up our minds to carry justice to these accountable for some of the worst attacks ever towards the Revolutionary Guards in years.
The attack, which wounded no less than 13 other people, happened within the province of Sistan-Baluchestan, which has a big, principally Sunni Muslim, ethnic Baluchi neighborhood, which straddles the border with Pakistan.
Jaish al Adl has performed assaults towards the border guards from Pakistan since its founding in 2012.
Iran has referred to as on neighbouring nations to crack down on separatist teams.
Writing by means of Parisa Hafezi; Editing by means of Gareth Jones