Iran border clash culprits will be brought to justice: FO

FO condemns killing of 8 Iranian border guards, says concerned security agencies are actively investigating


Web Desk April 08, 2015
PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan assured Iran on Wednesday those responsible for killing of eight Iranian border guards will be brought to justice.

On Tuesday, eight Iranian border guards were killed in a clash with rebels who had allegedly infiltrated from Pakistan.

"In case the culprits have crossed over to Pakistan after committing the crime on Iran’s soil, they will be apprehended and brought to justice,” Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam said, in a statement.

Read: Rebels kill eight Iran soldiers on Pakistan border

“The concerned security agencies of Pakistan are actively investigating this incident, which took place on Iran’s territory, and have asked Iranian authorities to share with us any evidence they have,” she added.

Further, Aslam said, “The government of Pakistan has conveyed sincere condolences to members of the bereaved families and the government of Iran.”

Read: Border security: Iran wants Pakistan to be safe from terrorism, says Sistan governor

“Armed terrorists entered Iran from Pakistan and clashed with border guards, killing eight soldiers before fleeing back to Pakistan,” Ali Asghar Mirshekari, deputy governor of Sistan-Baluchistan province, had said.

The southeastern province has a large Sunni community and has seen repeated attacks by militants on the security forces of Iran.

But the clash in the Negur district was the deadliest since October 2013 when 14 border guards were killed in an attack claimed by militant group Jaishul Adl.

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