23 Revolutionary Guard personnel killed in Iran suicide blast

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 14, 2019 06:47 hrs

[Iran], Feb 14 (ANI): A deadly suicide explosion killed 23 members of Iran's elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps force in south-eastern Iran on Wednesday (local time), according to state media.

The explosion took place inside a bus which was ferrying the military personnel in Sistan-Baluchestan province, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan, CNN reported.

The bombing also injured 17 others.

According to Iran's state-run news agency IRNA, a separatist group called Jaish al-Adl, or the 'Army of Justice', claimed responsibility for the suicide attack.

The explosion hit the vehicle on a desert road in the province, where the group is known to operate. It comes barely two days after Iran marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

In a strong-worded statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qassemi said that Tehran would seek revenge for the incident, according to semi-official Fars news agency.

The suicide attack comes as a US-sponsored conference on Iran's growing military expansion is underway in the Polish capital of Warsaw, where over 50 world leaders are attending the event and are slated to meet US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. (ANI)