Seven Arrested Over Killings in SE Iran

Seven Arrested Over Killings in SE Iran
Seven Arrested Over Killings in SE Iran

Seven suspects have been arrested in connection with a recent shooting attack in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan, in which three police personnel were killed, the governor of the provincial town of Zahak, where the incident took place, told IRNA on Thursday.   

Jamshid Rakhshani said, "Zahak is one of the most secure towns in Sistan and Baluchestan and such an incident reflects efforts by enemies with the aim of inciting discord among Shiite and Muslims."

Unknown gunmen ambushed a police vehicle carrying two officers and one private as they were carrying a routine patrol around the town early on Wednesday.

The incident came following a series of terrorist attacks against security forces over the past few months in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, in which a number of police personnel and border guards have lost their lives.

Iran has a 300 kilometer-long stretch of joint border with Pakistan and Iranian officials have repeatedly criticized Islamabad for poor border security and not taking adequate action to prevent terrorist groups from crossing the joint border to launch terrorist operations against Iranian security forces and civilians.