Iranian guards kill Pakistani soldier near border

Published October 17, 2014
Additional FC personnel were called in the area to avoid occurrence of another untoward incident and overall security was tightened at the porous 900km border between the two countries.— File photo
Additional FC personnel were called in the area to avoid occurrence of another untoward incident and overall security was tightened at the porous 900km border between the two countries.— File photo

QUETTA: Iranian border guards attacked a vehicle of Frontier Corps, a para-military force, inside Pakistani territory killing one FC man and injuring three others on Friday morning.

Khan Wasey, the Spokesman FC told Dawn.com that Iranian border guards have been violating Pakistani territory since the past two days. He said the FC's vehicle was also damaged during the attack.

The injured personnel were rushed to Quetta for medical treatment.

Wasey said that Iranian border guards entered inside Pakistani territory and attacked the FC vehicle in Mand Tehsil of Balochistan's Kech district.

In another incident, Wasey said 30 Iranian border guards entered into Pakistan's town of Nokundi which borders Iran and made the residents of a nearby village hostage for six hours.

"They subjected the residents to physiological torture and then left," he said.

Inspector General Frontier Corps, Major General Ejaz Shahid, strongly condemned the infiltration of Iranian guards and vowed to defend the border in the case of future violation.

Additional FC personnel were called in the area to avoid occurrence of another untoward incident and overall security was tightened at the porous 900km border between the two countries.

FC and Home and Tribal Affairs Department Balochistan have informed the Foreign Office with regard to recent violations by Iranian border guards, an officer of the Home Department, who declined to be named told Dawn.com.

Within next few days a formal protest is going to be lodged with Iranian high-ranking officials, he added.

Panic prevailed in Pakistan border towns in the aftermath of Iranian infiltration in the area and their continued attacks.


Two Iran guards, ‘several rebels’ killed in border clash: ISNA


Meanwhile, Iran’s ISNA news agency reported that two Iranian border guards have been killed in clashes with ‘rebels’ who tried to infiltrate the country from Pakistani side.

“Several rebels” also died in the Thursday night fighting, ISNA quoted a military official as saying, adding that a car and weapons were seized.

The clashes erupted in Iran's restive province of Sistan-Baluchistan, where attacks by rebels earlier this month killed five people, four of them security forces. Iranian media said 14 people were arrested in connection with those attacks.

Last month an Iranian soldier was killed and two pro-government militiamen wounded in an attack blamed on the extremist group Jaishul Adl (Army of Justice).

The same group captured five Iranian soldiers in February, four of whom were released in April. The fate of the fifth man remains unknown.

Iran has repeatedly asked Pakistan to act to “stop the infiltration of terrorists” and has tasked the elite Revolutionary Guards to monitor the restive border region– AFP

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