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14 Iran security personnel kidnapped on Pakistan border

  • Published at 01:27 pm October 16th, 2018
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Of the 14, two were members of the elite Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit, and seven were volunteers in the Basij militia involved in ‘a security operation’

Fourteen Iranian security personnel, including Revolutionary Guards intelligence officers, were abducted on the volatile southeastern border with Pakistan on Tuesday, state media reported.

The border guards were "abducted between 4am and 5am in the Lulakdan area of the border by a terrorist group," the official IRNA news agency reported.

Lulakdan is a small village 150km southeast of Zahedan, capital of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.

Of the 14, two were members of the elite Revolutionary Guards intelligence unit, and seven were volunteers in the Basij militia involved in "a security operation". 

The rest were regular border guards, according to the Young Journalists' Club, a state-owned news website.

The reports did not name a specific group as a suspect in the abduction.

The region has long been a flashpoint, with Baluchi separatists and jihadists based in Pakistan regularly attacking Iranian security posts.