Published: 10:43, June 16, 2024
2 ‘terrorists’ killed in clash in SE Iran
By Xinhua
A handout picture obtained by AFP from Iranian State TV IRIB on January 13, 2022 shows the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) holding a military drill in the Sistan and Baluchestan province, southeast of the country. (PHOTO / IRIB TV / AFP)

TEHRAN - Iranian border guards have exchanged gunfire with a "terrorist" group at the country's southeastern border, killing two members of the group and arresting another, the official news agency IRNA reported on Saturday.

The armed "terrorists" sought to enter the country to perpetrate "acts of sabotage" but were intercepted by Saravan county's border guards, who had detected their movements in advance based on intelligence, the IRNA quoted Iran's Border Guards Commander Ahmad Ali Goudarzi as saying, without specifying the date of the clash.

According to Goudarzi, the "terrorists" were members of the Ansar al-Furqan group, which is designated as a terror outfit by Iran.

Goudarzi added that the border guards had also prevented, in an armed clash, the entry into Iran by members of another "terrorist" group, who sought to commit "acts of sabotage" ahead of the country's upcoming presidential election, scheduled for June 28.

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He noted that a number of "terrorists" were injured during the clashes, forcing them to flee.