“Two Security Forces Killed in Militant Attack in Southeastern Iran”

By | July 9, 2023

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Four militants attacked a police station in Zahedan, Iran, resulting in the deaths of two security forces, according to state TV reports. The city is located in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province, close to the border with Pakistan. The attack led to a shootout, in which the four militants were killed, as confirmed by Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard. The militants were reportedly armed with grenades and were attempting to gain access to the police station.

The Sunni separatist group Jeish al-Adl, which is affiliated with al-Qaida, claimed responsibility for the attack. This group has been known to carry out similar attacks in the past. In a separate incident, two men involved in a deadly attack on the Shah Cheragh mosque in Shiraz were hanged. This attack, carried out by members of the extremist Islamic State group, resulted in the deaths of at least 13 people and left 30 others injured.

The recent attack on the police station and the execution of the individuals involved in the mosque attack highlight the ongoing security challenges faced by Iran. The country has been targeted by various extremist groups in the past, with Sunni Muslim extremists often targeting the Shiite majority.

It is worth mentioning that these incidents occurred amidst protests in Iran marking 40 days since the death of Mahsa Amini, which sparked a significant anti-government movement. However, there is no evidence to suggest a direct link between the attacks and the protests.

The Iranian government will likely continue to prioritize security measures to combat extremist threats, while also addressing the concerns raised by protesters. These incidents serve as a reminder of the complex security landscape in Iran and the challenges the country faces in maintaining stability..