27 killed in Sunni Muslim attacks on Iran's elite security forces

Jaish al-Adl group, which fights against the Shiite regime, launched an attack in the province of Sistan-Baluchestan, where it demands rights for the ethnic minority Baluchis

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Suspected Sunni Muslim militants killed at least 11 Iranian security force members and suffered 16 fatalities in attacks on Iran's Revolutionary Guards headquarters in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, state media said on Thursday.
The overnight clashes between the Jaish al-Adl group and security forces took place in the towns of Chabahar and Rask, state TV said later on Thursday. Some 16 members of Jaish al-Adl also were killed in the attacks.
According to the Iranian government, the militia members tried to take over the headquarters of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards in Chabahar and Brask. In the exchange of fire with them, the Iranian security personnel killed 16 militiamen. According to the state news agency IRNA, during the attack the militiamen took hostages in two arenas. It was not reported what happened to the captives.
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המנהיג העליון של איראן עלי חמינאי נאום ברכה ל נורוז
המנהיג העליון של איראן עלי חמינאי נאום ברכה ל נורוז
Iran's Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei
"The terrorists failed to succeed achieving their goal of seizing the Guards headquarters in Chabahar and Rask," deputy Interior Minister Majid Mirahmadi told state TV.
State TV said 10 other security officers were also injured in the fighting in the impoverished region, which has a predominantly Sunni Muslim population.
Jaish al-Adl says it seeks greater rights and better living conditions for ethnic minority Baluchis in Shi'ite-dominated Iran. It has claimed responsibility for several attacks in recent years on Iranian security forces in Sistan-Baluchestan.
The area, which borders Afghanistan and Pakistan, has long been the site of frequent clashes between Iranian security forces and Sunni militants as well as drug traffickers.
Iran is a key transit route for narcotics smuggled from Afghanistan to the West and elsewhere.
In December, the militant group attacked a police station in the town of Rask, killing 11 security personnel.
In January, Iran targeted two bases of the militant group in Pakistan with missiles, prompting a rapid military riposte from Islamabad targeting what it said were separatist militants in Iran.
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