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UN Security Council condemns terrorist attack in southeast Iran

A general view shows a United Nations Security Council meeting at UN headquarters in New York City on December 8, 2023. (File photo by AFP)

The members of the UN Security Council have strongly condemned the terrorist attack on a police station in Rask County, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, calling for the prosecution of the perpetrators and sponsors of such “cowardly” acts of terror.

In a statement on Saturday night, the members of the Security Council asserted that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security.

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the cowardly terrorist attack on the Rask police station in Sistan and Baluchestan province, Iran,” read the statement.

At around 2 a.m. local time on Friday, the police headquarters in Rask County, Sistan and Baluchestan Province, was targeted in a terrorist attack later claimed by the Pakistan-based Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group.

Initial reports said eleven police forces were killed and seven more wounded, some in critical condition, in the attack.

The members of the Security Council underlined the need to hold the “perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism accountable and bring them to justice.”

They also urged all states “to cooperate actively” with the Islamic Republic of Iran and all relevant authorities, in accordance with their obligations under “international law and relevant Security Council resolutions.”

“Any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement said.

Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations, Amir Saeid Iravani, in a post on the X platform appreciated the Security Council’s condemnation of the terrorist attack.

The Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran appreciates all members of and welcomes the Security Council’s statement that condemned, in the strongest terms, the cowardly terrorist attack on the Rasak police station in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

— Permanent Mission of I.R.Iran to UN, NY (@Iran_UN) December 16, 2023

Iravani had earlier called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and also rotating President of the Security Council José de la Gasca to condemn the terrorist attack.

The United Nations also denounced the deadly terrorist attack on Friday, emphasizing that all perpetrators must be brought to justice.

“The United Nations strongly condemns the attack today on a police headquarters in Sistan and Baluchestan province, the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Stephane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN secretary-general, said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has ordered swift measures to identify the perpetrators and masterminds of the attack as quickly as possible so that they “can be punished for their disgraceful act.”

The attack, which occurred around midnight, was one of the deadliest in years for the region sitting close to Iran’s border with Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Similar attacks have occurred previously, including on July 23 when four policemen were killed while on patrol.

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