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Published Thursday, February 14, 2019
A suicide car bombing on an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps bus in southeastern Iran killed 27 people on Wednesday, February 13, making it one of the deadliest attacks on the elite forces in years.
"The suicide attack on an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps personnel bus happened on the Khash-Zahedan road," the official IRNA news agency reported right after the incident.
The Guards issued a statement with an death toll. "In this terrorist attack 27 of Islam's brave warriors were killed and 13 were wounded," the statement read, accusing "world domination and Zionist intelligence agencies" of supporting the attackers.
The Guards said the troops were returning from the border, and the attack happened when "a car filled with explosives blew up beside a bus."
"Mercenaries of intelligence agencies of world arrogance and domination," carried out the attack to counteract "the victory of the 40th anniversary of the Islamic revolution," they added.
Jihadist group Jaish al-Adl (Army of Justice) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Formed in 2012, the insurgent group was founded by members of the Sunni extremist group Jundallah (Soldiers of God) which has carried out a spate of attacks on Iranian security forces in recent years in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balochistan.
The attack on IRGC also took place in the province which has a large, mainly Sunni Muslim ethnic Baluchi community which straddles the border with Pakistan.
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