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Egypt condemns terror attack on Iran's IRGC forces

Mon, Feb. 18, 2019
CAIRO – 18 February 2019: Egypt's Foreign Ministry condemned on Saturday the recent terrorist attack against Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on Wednesday that killed around 27 people and injured 13 others.

The statement offered sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The statement also stressed the importance of consolidating international efforts to combat terrorism.

A suicide bomber killed at least 27 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Tasnim news agency said, in a southeastern region where security forces are facing a rise in attacks by militants from the country's Sunni Muslim minority.

The Sunni group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice), which says it wants greater rights for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

A suicide bomber driving a vehicle laden with explosives attacked a bus transporting members of the guards, the force said in a statement.

A video posted by Fars showed blood and debris at the site of the attack on the road between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, a volatile area near the Pakistan border where militants and drug smugglers operate.

The explosion was so powerful that the bus was turned into a twisted pile of metal, a photo published on Fars showed.


Additional reporting by Reuters
 
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