The early Saturday morning attack which resulted in the death of 14 Iranian border guards was carried out by the remnants of the terrorist Jundollah group which is based in Pakistan, the Judiciary branch of Sistan and Balouchestan province, where the attack took place, announced on Sunday.
Jundollah is the main terrorist cell operating in Southeastern Iran. Tehran has arrested a majority of its members and executed its number one and number two men. Iran arrested Abdolmalek Rigi, the ringleader of Jundollah, in late February 2011 and executed him in June 2011. Iran executed 8 members of the terrorist group in the Southeastern city of Zahedan on Saturday.
“All the executed people were accused of belligerence, corruption on the Earth, cooperation with the Jundashaitan (Jundollah as it is called in Iran) and effective complicity in terrorist actions in Sistan and Balouchestan province in recent years,” the Judiciary said in a statement today.
The Judiciary announced that the death penalty verdicts had been issued for the 8 members of Jundollah group long before the Saturday incident but were not put into action to decide if they should have been given Islamic mercy forgiveness. “But the Saturday terrorist attack proved that the terrorist group hasn’t changed its approach and is still continuing its terrorist acts against the innocent Iranian people,” it added.
14 Iranian border guards were killed and 6 more were injured during the terrorist attack in Saravan border region in Southeastern Iran in the early hours of Saturday morning. 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 Southeastern Sistan and Balouchestan province.
On Saturday, Commander of Iran’s Border Guard Force General Hossein Zolfaqari said, “Eight brave border guards have been martyred in clashes with the outlaws early this morning. Six other border guards were also wounded and died of injuries later.”
There has yet been no information about any casualty on the side of the outlaws.
The Jundollah group has built a safe haven in Pakistan and it escaped to this Eastern neighbor of the Islamic Republic each time it staged a terrorist operation in Iran before it was disbanded and its leaders were arrested and executed.
In its last operation in Iran, the Pakistani-based Jundollah terrorist group claimed responsibility for December 15, 2010 attack at the Imam Hussein Mosque in Iran’s Southeastern port city of Chabahar in Sistan and Balouchestan Province where people were commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH), the third Shiite Imam.
At least 38 mourners were killed and more than 89 others, including women and children, were injured in the attack.
The Jundollah group has claimed responsibility for numerous terrorist attacks in Iran. The group has carried out mass murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, acts of sabotage and bombings. They have targeted civilians and government officials as well as all ranks of Iran’s military.
In one of the worst cases, the terrorist group killed 22 citizens and abducted 7 more in the Tasouki region on a road linking the southeastern city of Zahedan to another provincial town.
In 2007, Jundollah kidnapped 30 people in the Sistan and Balouchestan province and took them to the neighboring Pakistan.
Jundollah claimed responsibility the same year for an attack on an Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) bus in which 11 IRGC personnel were killed.
In another crime in October 2009, the Pakistan-based terrorist Jundollah group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in the Sistan and Balouchestan province which killed 42 people among them a group of senior military commanders, including Lieutenant Commander of the IRGC Ground Force Brigadier General Nourali Shoushtari.