Baku, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
By Elnur Baghishov - Trend:
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has condemned “savage” terrorist attack on the bus of the personnel of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) on Khash-Zahedan road southeast Iran, Trend reports via IRNA.
“The savage attack on the bus carrying the devoted personnel of the IRGC on Khash-Zahedan road shows the depth of desperation and bewilderment of the criminal mercenaries and agents of the enemies of Iranian nation,” reads the president’s message.
“Undoubtedly, the instructors and all agents of the mischievous and impudent move will soon be punished in light of efforts and endeavors of the powerful security and disciplinary forces of the country,” he said.
The message went on to say that the terrorist and cowardly act, which martyred or injured a large number of the brave and courageous IRGC forces, who protected the security and authority of the Islamic country of Iran, rends hearts of all Iranian people.
Rouhani voiced sympathy with the bereaved families of the martyrs and expressed condolences to the Supreme Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, the Iranian nation, the military forces, especially the IRGC forces, on the incident and wished divine ascendance for the martyrs and patience for the families of the martyrs and speedy recovery for the injured.
A number of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces were killed in a terrorist attack in southeastern Iran on Feb. 13 night.
The IRGC personnel were traveling between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, in Sistan and Baluchestan province, when their bus was targeted in a suicide car bomb attack.
The IRGC's Qods Headquarters said in a statement that an explosives-laden car rammed into the bus, which was taking the personnel back to their homes.
The attack killed 27 IRGC members and injured 13 others, initial reports suggested.
The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group reportedly claimed responsibility for the bombing.