IRGC commander: Iran foils 11 suicide attacks

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Oct. 21 /Trend N. Umid, S. Isayev

Iran has foiled about 11 suicide attack plans during current solar year, commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said, Mehr news agency reported.

He went on to note that, terrorist groups had planed extensive operations in country's south eastern region (Sistan and Baluchestan Province).

In July 2010 two bombs were detonated in front of the Zahedan Grand Mosque in Sistan-Baluchestan Province. At least 27 people lost their lives and more than 270 others were injured in the incident.

In December 2010, about 38 people were killed and some 55 have been wounded during another suicide operation outside the Imam Hossein Mosque in the southeastern city of Chabahar in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

One suicide bomber died in the explosion and the second was killed while trying to escape.

The last major terrorist attack was an explosion in south-eastern Iran in October 2009, killing nearly 50 people. Jundallah (Army of God) organization took the responsibility for the terror act.

Jundallah (Army of God) was created in 2003 and operates primarily in the Sistan and Baluchestan, which borders Pakistan. Jundallah uses a variety of terrorist tactics, including suicide bombings, ambushes, kidnappings and targeted assassinations.

The province of Sistan and Baluchestan is mostly populated by Sunnis (followers of the most numerous directions in Islam). The Sunnis are a minority in Shiite Iran.

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