Iranian border guards help Pakistani forces in counter-terrorism efforts

Photo: Iranian border guards help Pakistani forces in counter-terrorism efforts / Iran

Baku, Azerbaijan, June 10

By Umid Niayesh - Trend:

Iran's border guards in Sistan and Baluchestan province entered Pakistan to assist the neighboring country's guards who were in counter-terrorism operations, an Iranian official has announced.

"At 21:25 local time on June 8, the Iranian border guards deployed at Iran-Pakistan border post rushed crossed the border after they heard the sound of gun shots, in accordance with the protocols on cooperation between the two countries' border guards," deputy Governor of Iran's Sistan and Baluchestan province Ali Asghar Mir Shekari said, the country's Fars news agency reported.

The terrorist attack occurred during the night of June 8 when unidentified terrorists invaded a hotel in Taftan, Pakistan, near the Iranian border, killing and wounding a number of Shiite pilgrims who were returning home from Iran.

Mir Shekari further added that, after receiving a request for assistance from the Pakistani officials, the Governor of Sistan and Balouchestan province immediately ordered the relief and rescue officers and the medical team there to rush to the terrorist incident's site and to offer the needed humanitarian services.

Some Pakistani media outlets reported that Pakistani and Iranian border guards exchanged heavy fire on June 9. Rockets and mortar were exchanged between border guards at Pakistan and Iran's shared border, according to the reports.

"Iranian border guards fired 24 rockets, which fell 2 kilometers west of a security post," said Khan Waseh, a spokesperson for the Frontier Constabulary(FC) paramilitary that handles security and border affairs in the Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province.

"A heavy exchange of fire, lobbing of rockets and mortars continued for over an hour," the sources said, adding that the Iranian forces stopped firing after the FC's response.

"No loss of life has been reported from any side," official added.

Edited by CN

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