Belfast Telegraph

Iran's elite guards targeted in suicide attack

At least 20 people, including five senior commanders of the elite Revolutionary Guard, have been killed in a suicide bombing in south-eastern Iran, according to reports on Iranian state television.

The IRNA news agency said the dead included General Noor Ali Shooshtari, the deputy commander of the Guard's ground force, and Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh, the Guard's chief provincial commander. IRNA reported that dozens of others were wounded.

The report said the commanders were inside a car on their way to a meeting when an attacker with explosives blew himself up.

The attack took place in the Pishin region near Iran's border with Pakistan. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but suspicion would likely fall on the Sunni militant group Jundallah, or Soldiers of God, which has carried out attacks against the Revolutionary Guard and against Shiite targets in south-eastern Iran.


From Belfast Telegraph