Four members of Iran’s security forces were killed in a terrorist attack in the southeast. State news agency IRNA reported this information on Monday.

Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps members were killed ‘due to terrorist activities’ in the Saravan region of Sistan-Baluchistan province near the Pakistan border, the report said.

The region is among Iran’s poorest and home to the Baluchi minority, who adhere to Sunni Islam rather than the main Shiite branch in Iran.

“The strong presence of security forces forced elements of the group to flee towards Pakistan,” IRNA said.

However, they did not provide any details about the attackers.

The area has previously seen clashes with drug smuggling rings as well as insurgents from the Baluchi minority and Sunni Muslim extremist groups.

Protesters in Sistan-Baluchistan have also rallied in anti-government protests since the death of Mahsa Amini in the custody of the country’s Niti police in the capital, Tehran, on September 16. It later spread nationwide.

(Dhaka Times / 19 December / SAT)