At least 41 killed in Iran bombing on Revolutionary Guard personnel bus

Clay Curtis
February 14, 2019

The Sunni group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice), which says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis, claimed responsibility for the attack, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. It described the passengers as "shift personnel", but didn't provide any details of their rank.

In September previous year, Isis militants and an Arab group claimed responsibility for a deadly assault on a military parade, also in the country's south, that killed and wounded dozens of people, including members of the Guards.

It also came two days after Iran marked the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and four decades of tense relations with the west. Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

While violence and bomb attacks are not uncommon on both Iran's western and eastern frontiers - bordering Iraq and Afghanistan respectively - audacious and organised assaults that directly target the Islamic Republic's security services are still rare.

Last September at least 29 people were killed and over 60 wounded in an attack on an IRGC parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz. The Revolutionary Guard later reported on its website that 27 were killed and 13 wounded.

Jaish al-Adl emerged as the main armed opposition movement in the southeast after members of another Sunni group, Jundullah, joined it after their leader was captured on a plane in 2010.

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On Twitter he asked: "Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins?"

Suicide bombings are rare in Iran where security is pretty stable.

Iran fired ballistic missiles into Syria over a bloody Islamic State attack on Tehran targeting parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 2017 that killed at least 18 people.

The group's Quds Force unit said the United States, its allies and Zionism shared responsibility for the attack, without elaborating on the claim.

The Guards issued a statement confirming the attack.

"I believe it's dead on arrival or dead before arrival", he said at a news conference before the bombing.

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