'Retaliatory action': Iran fires 42 mortar shells into Balochistan

Published: December 29, 2014
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“At least 42 mortar shells fired from Iranian side had landed and exploded in the bordering area in Pakistan’s Zamuran where transporters were present,” the official said. STOCK IMAGE

“At least 42 mortar shells fired from Iranian side had landed and exploded in the bordering area in Pakistan’s Zamuran where transporters were present,” the official said. STOCK IMAGE

QUETTA: Iranian border guards fired 42 mortar shells into Zamuran, a town in Turbat district of Balochistan bordering Iran in the early hours of Monday.

At least four Pakistani citizens sustained minor injuries and two pickup cars were partially damaged in the explosions which took place at the Jalgi area of Buleda tehsil, an official of Turbat Levies told The Express Tribune.

The attack was carried out soon after three Iranian elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), sent to reinforce border police, were killed in an attack in the southeast of Iran near Pakistan, according to Iranian media reports.

Armed “bandits” killed the IRGC members on Sunday near the city Saravan in the Sistan-Balochistan region, according to a Revolutionary Guard (RG) statement, carried by Fars news agency.

“At least 42 mortar shells fired from Iranian side had landed and exploded in the bordering area in Pakistan’s Zamuran where transporters were present,” the official said.

The back-to-back explosions caused panic and fear in the area.

“The explosions were heard several kilometres away, causing fear and panic,” the official said, adding, “At least four Pakistani transporters or drivers sustained minor wounds.”

Medics at the Turbat Civil hospital, however, said that the injured victim were so far not brought to the hospital.

Official sources in Pakistan confirmed the attack on Iranian border guards and termed the mortar shelling as retaliatory action to the attackers, who had tried to flee this side of the border.

Security forces and Balochistan Levies officials reached the site after the attack and collected evidence.

Earlier this month, Iranian border guards shot and injured two Pakistani citizens in Panjgur.

Security along the Pak-Iran border has been beefed up after the incident.

Deadly attacks near the Pak-Iran border take place frequently. Iranian officials claim smugglers and Sunni militants often flee towards Pakistan after carrying out deadly attacks on Iranian border guards.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Dec 30, 2014 - 5:58AM

    Nothing new here. Pakistan deserves it too. Nowadays no country will take a _ from Pakistan.

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  • Miandad
    Dec 30, 2014 - 7:46AM

    Very nice! We are being attacked on all sides. This country has become home to all the snakes in the neighbourhood and they attack all our neighbours who respond by attacking us! Keep it up. It won’t be long before they send in their armies and break the country apart.

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  • sabi
    Dec 30, 2014 - 8:38AM

    If there is a world cup of- DENIAL Indians will easily win it on India, the perfect, with Pakistan as runner up.(lighter note)

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  • Prada
    Dec 30, 2014 - 9:46AM

    Why is everyone conspiring to bring down Pakistan?! The price it has to pay for being a good neighbor !! China is the only neighbor who has not attacked it. Hope they don’t take the Uighurs too seriously.

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  • Citizen26
    Dec 30, 2014 - 9:30PM

    Read it carefully, Iran says ”Iranian officials claim smugglers and Sunni militants often flee towards Pakistan”. Okay after these bad guys have committed crime in Iran and when they have eneterd into Pakistani border that is only when Iran realises that ooh no, these are criminals. If they are militants and smugglers they should be caught within Iran not by firing mortars into Pakistan and then accusing them of being criminals. Grow up IRAN and try to fool India with such excuses, your best pal in the region.

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  • Azi
    Dec 30, 2014 - 11:51PM

    ”Iranian officials claim smugglers and Sunni militants often flee towards Pakistan” Qouted for emphasis, thank you Citizen26

    So how about Iran stops these smugglers and militants fleeing from Iran into Pakistan, we already have a lot on our hands so please instead of blaming you failures on others do your job…

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  • Whiskey Khan
    Dec 30, 2014 - 11:56PM

    @ Citizen26,
    Please look yourself in the mirror and ask Why Are they retaliating,? (Not Attacking) Simply…..they are trying to get the terrorist, smugglers and militants, if you are ok with harbouring them then that’s fine but you cannot encourage or export them. It’s come with a price Tag.

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  • Desi Barbarian
    Dec 31, 2014 - 9:28PM

    I am a Pakistani and I have no problem Iran retaliating to these people. These are not Pakistanis who are killing Iran’s IRGC. There is a huge presence of RAW and MOSAD on Pakistan’s border in the west. They would love to stir something between Pakistan and Iran. I would always trust Iranians, a true muslim nation. Pakistan is getting destroyed by these Saudis and Qataris who want to start another jihad on between shia and sunni now. By the way I am a Sunni and I believe its time to realize that these wahabis are the true cancer among us.

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