Iranian border guards have repelled hundreds of cross-border attacks by outlawed and terrorist groups in less than 10 months, Commander of Iran’s Border Guard Force Brigadier General Hossein Zolfaqari said, and vowed tough confrontation against any kind of terrorist move along the country’s borders.
General Zolfaqari pointed to constant clashes between the Iranian border guards and outlaws, and said, “The border guards have had 307 cases of armed clashes in the current (Iranian) year (which started on March 21, 2013) until yesterday.”
“A major part of these clashes pertained to the fight against drug-trafficking, armed smugglers and terrorist groups,” he added.
The General also said that additional Iranian border guards have been deployed in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan in the form of two independent border battalions and a border legion.
In relevant remarks in 2013, Zolfaqari announced that his forces have thwarted the infiltration of 10 terrorist groups into Iran.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran’s border guards have blocked the penetration of 10 terrorist grouplets into the country by now,” Zolfaqari said in a ceremony in memory of the Iranian border guards killed by terrorists in Sistan and Balouchestan province on October 26.
14 Iranian border guards were killed and 6 more were injured during the terrorist attack in Saravan border region in Southeastern Iran. The terrorists who have reportedly been members of the outlawed Jeish Al-Adl radical Sunni Wahhabi movement affiliated to the terrorist Jundollah group fled into Pakistan after the operation in Iran’s Sistan and Balouchestan province.
After the attack the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in a statement vowed to take action against.
“Under the present crucial juncture that the Islamic establishment is going through a sensitive historical juncture and is trying to gain a major achievement in area of nuclear talks strategic achievement, terrorist actions under the command and support of the spy agencies of the arrogant and colonial powers will not be able to harm the sincere and determined will of the Iranian nation,” parts of IRGC statement read.
“The Sirkan (in Saravan of Sistan and Baluchestan) crime should remind the alleged advocates of global terrorism and those interested in establishing ties with the Islamic Republic that the Iranian nation has never been unaware of the masterminds of plots who direct terrorist acts by the counterrevolutionary forces against it and it will consider it in its strategic calculations through monitoring and realistic analysis,” the statement added.
The statement further reminded the positive security measures taken by the IRGC in the last several years in Sistan and Balouchestan, which could improve the security conditions in the area, and said, “Foes and enemies of the Islamic Revolution should rest assured that such attacks can never harm the unity and solidarity of the ruling system and the people in Southeastern Iran, and would rather strengthen their unity.”
“Defenders of the Islamic Revolution and borders of the country will continue combating the anti-revolutionaries, outlaws and aggressive terrorists decisively and powerfully in future,” the IRGC underlined in its statement.