Iranian security forces in the Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan identified and arrested several suspects in relation to the killing of four police officers in Saravan, the provincial police chief said.
Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi said that three of the officers were killed when they, along with other patrol police forces, came under attack by armed bandits while on a mission in the city of Saravan.
Following the incident, he added, the police immediately blocked routes used by terrorists, which led to a shootout between the gunmen and police forces at a checkpoint.
According to the police chief, a number of perpetrators were identified and arrested in a surprise attack on the gunmen, which prompted them to fire rockets, in retaliation, on a police station in Saravan. Another police officer was killed in the incident, he added.
The police will use everything in their power to seriously confront thugs and armed bandits in the province, he warned.
Sistan and Balouchestan Province has been the scene of a number of terrorist attacks in recent years.
On February 6, Jaish al-Adl terrorists kidnapped five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Sistan and Balouchestan and took them to the Pakistani territory.
In a message on April 6, Iran’s Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli said efforts by security and diplomatic bodies as well as locals had borne fruit and four of the abductees were freed and reunited with their families.
On October 25, 2013, Jaish al-Adl terrorist group killed 14 Iranian border guards and wounded six others in the border region near the city of Saravan in Sistan and Balouchestan Province.
In February 2013, Iran and Pakistan signed a security agreement under which both countries are required to cooperate in preventing and combating organized crime, fighting terrorism and countering the activities that pose a threat to the national security of either country.
Iran has repeatedly called on Pakistan to comply with the terms of the agreement.