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02 Feb 2019 | 06:23 PM UTC

Iran: Militants attack IRGC in Nikshahr Feb. 2 amid revolutionary celebrations /update 1

Jaish Al-Adl group claims responsibility for militant attack on Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) base in Nikshahr (Sistan and Baluchestan province) February 2 amid ten-day celebration period commemorating 1979 Iranian Revolution



Militants launched an attack on an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) paramilitary (Basij) base in Nikshahr (Sistan and Baluchestan province) on Saturday, February 2, killing one IRGC member and wounding five others. Jaish Al-Adl, a Salafi-jihadist group that is known to carry out cross-border attacks from Pakistan in Iran's neighboring Sistan and Baluchestan province, claimed responsibility for the assault. The attack comes amid a state-sanctioned, ten-day celebration period commemorating the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, which began on Friday, February 1.

Similar militant attacks on security forces are possible in Sistan and Baluchestan province over the near term, particularly as the abovementioned celebration period continues.


The threat posed by militancy remains high in all of Iran's border areas, especially in the west and the east of the country, partly due to weak border monitoring by neighboring countries, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Turkey.


Individuals in Sistan and Baluchestan province are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all large public gatherings as a precaution, remain vigilant for militant activity, and adhere to any instructions issued by the local authorities and their home governments.

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