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14 Iran security forces kidnapped on Pakistan border

Fourteen Iranian security personnel were allegedly abducted by an armed group on the southeastern border with Pakistan in the city of Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

In a statement on Tuesday October 16, the Revolutionary Guard, Iran’s top security force, said two of its members were among .

The Guard did not say how many were kidnapped, but state news agency IRNA quoted an unnamed official as saying 14 troops were “abducted between 4am and 5am in the Lulakdan area of the border by a terrorist group”.

The Guard confirmed the abductions in a statement on its website, saying the attack was the work of “treason committed by infiltrators”.

The group kidnapped was involved in “a security operation” and included two members of the elite Revolutionary Guard’s intelligence unit and seven members of the Basij force, a volunteer wing of the Guard, as well as regular Iranian border guards, according to the Guard.

An al-Qaeda -affiliated group known as Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack.

In a previous abduction, the armed group killed an Iranian officer and released four soldiers after holding them for nearly two months.

The captives were reportedly taken to Pakistan.

Later on Tuesday, General Mohammad Pakpour, commander of the Guard’s ground forces, called for a joint Iranian-Pakistani operation against those behind the abductions.

He said the Pakistani side needs “to assume more responsibility in this regard”.

“We expect Pakistan to confront these terrorist groups that are supported by some regional states, and immediately release the kidnapped Iranian forces,” the Revolutionary Guard said in its statement.

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Pakistan’s foreign ministry expressed its concern over the reported abductions of the border guards and said the director generals of military operations from the two sides were coordinating actions.

“Both militaries, under a joint mechanism established since last year, are working to ascertain the whereabouts of Iranian guards,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

“No effort will be spared to assist our Iranian brothers in finding the Iranian guards,” the statement added.


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