Iranian border guards kidnapped on border with Pakistan

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Armed Sunni Muslim separatist groups in eastern Iran have stepped up attacks against security targets in recent months. The rest include seven members of the Basij force, a volunteer wing of the guard, as well as regular Iranian border guards.

Lulakdan is a small village 150 kilometers (about 90 miles) southeast of Zahedan, capital of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

The Revolutionary Guards said in a statement carried on state television that some of its members were kidnapped by a terrorist group at a border post in the city of Mirjaveh in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

A group of Iranian security personnel kidnapped on the border with Pakistan this week were unconscious at the time, the commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards said, following reports that they had eaten drugged food.

In previous cases of cross-border clashes, Iran has threatened to hit militant bases in Pakistan unless Islamabad took action.

"The Pakistani government should immediately implement all necessary means and measures to free border guards of the Islamic Republic of Iran and arrest the wicked terrorists", Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday.

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The Revolutionary Guard confirmed the latest abductions in a statement on its website, saying the attack was the work of "treason committed by infiltrators".

Zarif thanked his Pakistani counterpart for his support and underscored Tehran's desire to overcome all hurdles together to maintain peace along the Pak-Iran border.

He said the terrorists took the Iranian forces to the Pakistani territory.

"Both militaries, under a joint mechanism established since past year, are working to ascertain the whereabouts of Iranian guards", the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday. "No effort will be spared to assist our Iranian brothers in finding the Iranian guards", it said.

In September, militants disguised as soldiers opened fire on a military parade in Iran's oil-rich southwest, killing 24 people and wounding more than 60.



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