Iran attacks armed group threatening border security in Pakistan

Iranian media reported that the country had raided two Jaish al-Adl armed group bases in Pakistan, a move that faced opposition from Islamabad.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) used missiles and UAVs to attack two bases of the armed group Jaish al-Adl in Balochistan province, western Pakistan, Iranian media reported on January 16, but not specifically stated.

Two Pakistani security officials said Iran attacked and damaged a temple in Panjgur district, about 50 km from the border between the two countries.

“Pakistan strongly condemns Iran’s unprovoked violation of airspace, which killed two innocent children and injured three girls,” Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. “This violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty is completely unacceptable and could face serious consequences.”

Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry summoned the head of the Iranian delegation in Islamabad to protest. Iran’s Foreign Ministry has not commented on the developments.

Jaish al-Adl, or “Army of Justice,” is a Sunni armed group founded in 2012 and operates mainly in the border area of ​​Pakistan – Iran, a Muslim country with the most Shiite people.

Jaish al-Adl aims to separate Iran’s eastern border province of Sistan and Baluchestan, where the majority of the population is Sunni, from the rest. The group once claimed responsibility for carrying out bombings and kidnappings of Iranian border guards.

Iran has an eastern border with Pakistan, a Sunni Muslim country. Iran believes that Pakistan acts at the whim of Saudi Arabia and covers rebel groups. Tehran and Riyadh consider each other their main regional rivals.

On January 15, Iran launched a missile attack on northern Syria, targeting the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) organization and a series of “spy centers” in the area near the US consulate in Erbil, northern Syria. Iraq. Iraq described Iran’s actions as a “flagrant violation” of its sovereignty and complained to the Security Council.