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IRGC Ground Force fights off Jaish al-Adl-affiliated terror team, kills one terrorist

In this file picture, members of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) march during a military parade to commemorate the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war in Yazd, Iran. (Photo by Fars news agency)

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Ground Force has managed to fight off a team of militants affiliated with the Pakistan-based so-called Jaish al-Adl terrorist group in the country’s southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan close to the border with Pakistan.

The IRGC Ground Force’s Quds Base said in a statement on Wednesday that the IRGC servicemen, having fully detected the fully-armed terrorists and been informed of their plans for terrorist activities, clashed with them in Kastag village of Rask County.

The statement added that a terrorist was killed in the operation, while the rest fled the area into southwestern Pakistan.

The operation also resulted in the confiscation of ammunition, weapons and explosives from the militants, it said.

Sistan and Baluchestan province, which borders Pakistan, has witnessed several terror attacks targeting both civilians and security forces over the past years.

Iran’s security forces have invariably protected the border areas and managed to repel almost all terrorist attacks by foreign-backed anti-revolution elements across the country.

Back on December 15 last year, the Jaish al-Adl terrorist group claimed responsibility for a vicious terrorist assault on Rask County's police headquarters.

Alireza Marhamati, deputy provincial governor in security and political affairs, said at the time that 11 police forces, including officers and conscripts, were killed in the attack.

Majid Mirahmadi, deputy interior minister for security and police affairs, also said the terrorists attacked the police post from several directions and later ambushed reinforcements deployed to the location.

He said two of the terrorists were killed and one of them was injured and arrested in hours-long clashes, while the rest escaped.

Six police forces were injured during the exchange of fire, he said. 

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.

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