Senior cleric condemns cross-border terrorist attack in southeastern Iran

FNA- Tehran’s provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami strongly condemned the Wednesday terrorist attack in Sistan and Balouchestan in Southeastern Iran, and called for thorough investigation of the incident by Iran’s foreign ministry.

Addressing a large and fervent congregation of the people on Tehran University campus on Friday, Ayatollah Khatami said, “I call on the country’s diplomacy apparatus to deal with this matter resolutely and warn the Pakistani officials no to allow their country turn into a safe haven for the terrorist groups.”

On Wednesday, nine Iranian border guards were killed and two others injured in clashes near the Iranian town of Mirjaveh in Sistan and Balouchestan province. The Jeish ul-Adl terrorist group in a statement claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed his condolences over the death of the Iranian border guards, urging rapid steps to identify and punish the perpetrators.

“I ask the government of friendly and neighboring Pakistan, which this blind and cowardly act has taken place on their side of border, to take a responsible step and identify, introduce and punish members of the terrorist and Takfiri groups, who are behind this crime, as soon as possible.”

President Rouhani also ordered Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to follow up on this issue with diligence so as to prevent repetition of such “unmanly acts” of terrorism.