Hundreds attend funeral of Iranian guards killed in blast

Thousands attend funeral of Iranian guards killed in blast

ISFAHAN: Hundreds of Iranians on Saturday attended the funeral of 27 Revolutionary Guards who have been killed in a suicide assault earlier this week.

The bombing focused a busload of Revolutionary Guards within the risky southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan close to the border with Pakistan.

Isfahan’s main streets have been coated with black flags hooked up to lamp-posts as the town ready for the funeral and two days of mourning.

Khamenei says spies of some regional and trans-regional international locations are concerned in assault

Vans fastened with loudspeakers cruised streets, inviting individuals to attend the ceremony. “Honourable individuals of Isfahan, we invite you to attend the funeral of 27 of your courageous sons, the martyrs of the homeland’s safety,” the audio system blared, based on a reporter.

Iran’s supreme chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has linked the perpetrators of assault to “the spying businesses of some regional and trans-regional international locations”.

When the our bodies of the troops arrived on the again of vans — the guards’ signature autos — their comrades, ladies in black veils and younger males in denims have been there to greet them.

Tens of hundreds chanted “Down with America!” and “We are going to by no means submit!”

Iran’s flag might be seen at half-mast in Bozorgmehr Sq.’s southeastern facet, and the gang chanted “Allahu Akbar” every time the speaker learn the names of the lifeless.

The troops killed within the bombing belonged to the guards’ 14th Imam Hussein Division, which is predicated in Isfahan province, based on Tasnim information company.

Aged from 21 to 52, every might be buried in his hometown after the funeral.

The Revolutionary Guards accused Pakistan of supporting the perpetrators of the assault.

Commander Maj Gen Mohammad Ali Jafari whereas referring to the Jaish al-Adl militant group alleged at a ceremony in Isfahan Metropolis that Pakistan’s authorities had housed these anti-revolutionaries and threats to Islam, and that it knew the place they have been and so they have been supported by its safety forces. He mentioned if the Pakistan authorities didn’t punish them then Iran would retaliate in opposition to this anti-revolutionary power.

His feedback got here forward of a deliberate two-day go to to Pakistan — because of start on Sunday (at the moment) — by Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia.

Jaish al-Adl was shaped in 2012 as a successor to the Sunni extremist group Jundallah, which waged a lethal insurgency for a decade earlier than it was severely weakened by the seize and execution of its chief Abdolmalek Rigi by Tehran in 2010.

The Wednesday assault was one of many deadliest on Iranian safety forces lately and got here simply days after Iran held greater than per week of celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which overthrew the US-backed shah.

Sistan-Baluchestan has lengthy been a flashpoint, the place Baluchi separatists and jihadists perform cross-border raids.

A Revolutionary Guard was killed and 5 have been wounded in a Feb 2 assault claimed by Jaish al-Adl on a base of the Basij militia within the city of Nikshahr, a way from the border. One Khodarahm Heidari, who was critically wounded in that assault, handed away on Saturday, semi-official information company ISNA reported.

On Jan 29 three members of an Iranian bomb squad despatched to the scene of an explosion within the provincial capital Zahedan have been wounded when a second system blew up as they have been attempting to defuse it, police mentioned on the time.

And in early December two individuals have been killed and round 40 others wounded within the port metropolis of Chabahar, additionally in Sistan-Baluchestan, in an assault which Iran’s International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blamed on “foreign-backed terrorists” — a reference to Sunni extremists.

In October, Jaish al-Adl claimed duty for abducting 12 Iranian safety personnel close to the border with Pakistan.

Printed in Daybreak, February 17th, 2019

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