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Iran points finger at Saudi and UAE over attack on Guards.

dpa Tehran Iran pointed its finger at Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday as it cast blame for a suicide attack against soldiers this week that left 27 dead in the country's south. "The patience that we have shown in the past for these two nations will now see a change," said Muhammad Ali Jafari, head of the Revolutionary Guard (IRGC), repeating allegations that the two countries were involved with Wednesday's attack, but without providing any evidence. The attack, which involved a suicide bomber targeting a busload of elite paramilitary members, was in the country's south-eastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan. There were also 13 injured. Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni Salafist separatist group, said it carried out the bombing. The group is active in Sistan and Baluchestan, which lies on the border with Pakistan and Afghanistan. The Islamist terrorist organization was founded in 2012 by members of the Jundallah, or "Soldiers of God." Both groups have repeatedly carried out attacks on military targets and civilians in recent years. The leader of the Jundallah, Abdolmalek Rigi, was executed in Iran in 2010. Since then Iranian troops have repeatedly been targeted by the militants. Iran considers both groups to be closely allied with the Islamic State terrorist network, but that it is also supported by US allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Sistan and Baluchestan is considered a notorious drug route. Clashes have occurred on a recurring basis between Revolutionary Guard troops and drug gangs in the border area. Iran also issued a warning to Pakistan in relation to the incident.

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Date:Feb 17, 2019
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