Iran FM links bus bombing to Warsaw meeting

Iran's elite force has been targeted in the past with deadly attacks

Iran's elite force has been targeted in the past with deadly attacks

The state-run IRNA news agency said the attack took place in Sistan and Baluchistan province, which has a large, mainly Sunni ethnic Baluchi community that straddles the border with Pakistan.

Tehran immediately linked the attack in Iran's restive southeastern Sistan and Baluchistan province to an ongoing US -led conference in Warsaw largely focused on Iran, just two days after the nation marked the 40th anniversary of its 1979 Islamic Revolution.

The Revolutionary Guards branch in south-eastern Iran said in a statement that a unit of its ground forces had been returning from the Pakistan border area on Wednesday when a vehicle filled with explosives blew up beside their bus.

The statement does not give the exact number of the martyred soldiers and the injured.

An attack by gunmen on a military parade in the city of Ahvaz last autumn killed at least 25 people, including 12 members of the Guards.

In October, Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for kidnapping 10 Iranian security personnel.

Suicide bombings are rare in Iran where security is pretty stable. In 2018, the Guards launched missiles at an Iranian Kurdish armed opposition group in northern Iraq.

Iran's Shi'ite Muslim authorities say militant groups operate from safe havens in Pakistan and have repeatedly called on the neighboring country to crack down on them.

In December a suicide bombing in the port city of Chabahar, also in the province, killed two police officers and wounded 42 people.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the day of a USA -led conference in Warsaw that included discussions on what America describes as Iran's malign influence across the wider Mideast. Trump withdrew the US from the accord last May. There have been sporadic protests in the country as well, incidents applauded by Trump amid Washington's maximalist approach to Tehran. "United States seems to always make the same wrong choices, but expect different results", Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said in reaction to the attack.

"Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by a terror on the very day that the #WarsawCircus begins?" he wrote.

"Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with twitter bots?"

The Guards issued a statement confirming the attack.

Zarif earlier predicted the Warsaw summit would not be productive for the U.S.

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