Iranian security forces have apprehended a number of perpetrators behind the recent slaying of four police officers in the southeast of the country, says a top police commander.
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 in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, said provincial Police Chief Brigadier General Hossein Rahimi.
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.
The Sistan-Baluchestan province has been the scene of a spate of terrorist attacks in recent years with gunmen crossing the border from neighboring Pakistan.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam also said on Thursday that it was “unacceptable” that Pakistan has turned into a safe haven for terrorists.
In February, Jaish-ul-Adl terrorists kidnapped five Iranian border guards in Jakigour region in Sistan and Baluchestan and took them to the Pakistani territory.
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.
By Press TV
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