Monday, December 29, 2014

7 injured as Iranian border guards fire rockets in Balochistan's Kech

Syed Ali Shah
This picture shows an Iranian border guard looking through a pair of binoculars to monitor the area — AFP/


QUETTA: Iranian border guards fired dozens of rockets in Balochistan's Kech district on Sunday night, officials said.

Levies sources told Dawn that Iranian border guards fired 42 rockets in Kech's Zamuran area, located close to the border. They said the rockets landed at a village in Zamuran and injured seven Pakistani civilians.

"The injured persons were rushed to District Hospital Turbat for treatment," Levies sources said.

Separately, Levies sources said that armed men had attacked a checkpost in Koh-e-Sor inside Iranian territory and killed three Iranian officials on Sunday evening.


Panic prevailed among people as Iranian border guards continued to fire rockets inside Pakistani territory the entire night.

Levies and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel rushed to the area to defend the border.

When FC and Levies personnel reached the border, Iranian border guards stopped firing rockets, Levies sources added.

Iran has alleged that the assailants who attacked the Iranian checkpost sneaked inside Pakistan. The allegation is vehemently denied by Pakistani officials.

Last month, the Foreign Office had lodged a strong protest with Iran, after the neighbouring country’s border guards stormed into Pakistani territory and killed a security official.

Also read: Pakistan lodges protest with Iran over killing of soldier at border

Security on both sides of the border was tightened in the aftermath of untoward incidents at the border. Pakistan shares a 900 km long porous border with Iran and the two countries had recently decided to boost intelligence coordination to wipe out terrorists from the area.

Pakistani and Iranian officials had met in the Iranian city of Mir Java, to boost mutual cooperation and understanding to cope with the menace of terrorism at the border.

http://www.dawn.com/news/1153842/7-injured-as-iranian-border-guards-fire-rockets-in-balochistans-kech

7 injured as Iranian border guards fire rockets in Balochistan's Kech


December 29, 2014, 4:31 pm


QUETTA – Iranian border guards fired dozens of rockets in Balochistan's Kech district on Sunday night, officials said.

Levies sources said that Iranian border guards fired 42 rockets in Kech's Zamuran area, located close to the border. They said that the rockets landed at a village in Zamuran and injured seven Pakistani civilians. “The injured persons were rushed to Turbat District Hospital for treatment,” Levies sources said.

Separately, Levies sources said that armed men had attacked a checkpost in Koh-e-Sor inside Iranian territory and killed three Iranian officials on Sunday evening. Panic prevailed among people as Iranian border guards continued to fire rockets inside Pakistani territory the entire night.

Levies and Frontier Corps (FC) personnel rushed to the area to defend the border. When FC and Levies personnel reached the border, Iranian border guards stopped firing rockets, Levies sources added. Iran has alleged that the assailants who attacked the Iranian checkpost sneaked inside Pakistan. The allegation is vehemently denied by Pakistani officials.

Last month, the Foreign Office had lodged a strong protest with Iran, after the neighbouring country’s border guards stormed into Pakistani territory and killed a security official. Security on both the sides of the border was tightened in the aftermath of untoward incidents at the border.

Pakistan shares a 900 km long porous border with Iran and the two countries had recently decided to boost intelligence coordination to wipe out militants from the area.

http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/national/29-Dec-2014/7-injured-as-iranian-border-guards-fire-rockets-in-balochistan-s-kech


Iran fires 42 mortar shells into Balochistan

By Shezad Baloch

 December 29, 2014


“At least 42 mortar shells fired from Iranian side had landed and exploded in the bordering area in Pakistan’s Zamuran where transporters were present,” the official said. 

QUETTA: Iranian border guards fired 42 mortar shells into Zamuran, a town in Turbat district of Balochistan bordering Iran in the early hours of Monday.

At least four Pakistani citizens sustained minor injuries and two pickup cars were partially damaged in the explosions which took place at the Jalgi area of Buleda tehsil, an official of Turbat Levies told The Express Tribune.

The attack was carried out soon after three Iranian elite Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), sent to reinforce border police, were killed in an attack in the southeast of Iran near Pakistan, according to Iranian media reports.

Armed “bandits” killed the IRGC members on Sunday near the city Saravan in the Sistan-Balochistan region, according to a Revolutionary Guard (RG) statement, carried by Fars news agency.

“At least 42 mortar shells fired from Iranian side had landed and exploded in the bordering area in Pakistan’s Zamuran where transporters were present,” the official said.

The back-to-back explosions caused panic and fear in the area.

“The explosions were heard several kilometres away, causing fear and panic,” the official said, adding, “At least four Pakistani transporters or drivers sustained minor wounds.”

Medics at the Turbat Civil hospital, however, said that the injured victim were so far not brought to the hospital.

Official sources in Pakistan confirmed the attack on Iranian border guards and termed the mortar shelling as retaliatory action to the attackers, who had tried to flee this side of the border.

Security forces and Balochistan Levies officials reached the site after the attack and collected evidence.
Earlier this month, Iranian border guards shot and injured two Pakistani citizens in Panjgur.

Security along the Pak-Iran border has been beefed up after the incident.

Deadly attacks near the Pak-Iran border take place frequently. Iranian officials claim smugglers and Sunni militants often flee towards Pakistan after carrying out deadly attacks on Iranian border guards.

http://tribune.com.pk/story/813988/retaliatory-action-iran-fires-42-mortar-shells-into-balochistan/



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