Terrorists target IRGC bus in southeastern Iran

Terrorists target IRGC bus in southeastern Iran

"In this suicide attack a vehicle filled with explosives blew up besides a bus carrying a unit of the Guards' ground forces causing the martyrdom and wounding of a number of the protectors of our Islamic homeland's border", the statement read.

"The suicide attack on an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps personnel bus happened on the Khash-Zahedan road", IRNA said.

The Sunni jihadist movement Jaysh ul-Adl claimed responsibility for the attack, and claimed they had killed every one of the forty soldiers on board. In 2009, more than 40 people, including six Guard commanders, were killed in a suicide attack by Sunni extremists in Sistan and Baluchistan province.

"Foreign-backed terrorists kill & wound innocents in Chabahar".

The attack came on the day of a US-led conference in Warsaw that included discussions on what the United States describes as Iran's "malign influence" across the wider Middle East.

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. While Jaish al Adl and other groups like it are not regarded as a major security threat, the attack is a fresh blow to the image of the Guards, the most powerful force in Iran, which reports directly to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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Jaish al-Adl claimed Wednesday's bombing in a statement online.

The bombing comes on the day of a USA -led conference in Warsaw, Poland that included discussions of what the United States described as Iran' "malign influence" across the wider Middle East. There have been sporadic protests in the country as well, incidents applauded by Trump amid Washington's maximalist approach to Tehran.

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

A meeting sponsored by the United States and held in Poland this week aims in part to build support for American efforts to thwart Iranian influence in the Middle East.

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

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