Iran rejects capture of IRGC members by Baluchi rebels
Baku, Azerbaijan, Apr. 22
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has rejected reports about capture of 18 IRGC's Quds unit members by Baluchi group Jaish al-Adl.
Ghasem Hassanzadeh, head of the Public relation Department of the Quds unit said that the claims are not true and no armed conflict was taken place in the region.
Earlier Jaish al-Adl published photos of 18 people, claiming that they are IRGC Quds unit members which were taken hostage by group near Nosratabad city in Iran's south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.
Bagher Hosseini, member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission also rejected the reports citing provincial officials, Iranian parliament's official news agency, ICANA reported April 21.
It should be noted that Jaish al-Adl group kidnapped five Iranian border guards in February 2014 in the Jakigour region of Sistan and Balouchestan, and later hanged Jamshid Danayeefar, one of the five kidnapped guards. The other guards were released later.
Both Iran and Pakistan have declared Jaish al-Adl a terrorist group. The group's former leader Abdolmalek Rigi was captured by Iranian security forces and executed in 2010 on charges of "armed robbery, assassination attempts, armed attacks on the army and police and on ordinary people, and murder."
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