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Two Basij Militia Killed In Attack On Iran's Southeast Railway

Sunday, 02/11/2024

Two Basij militia members were killed in an armed assault on a guard post along the railway route from Zahedan to Bam in southeast Iran.

According to the Quds Headquarters of the Ground Forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the two members were identified as Mohammad Anvar Gomshadzahi and Abdolhossein Baluch.

The incident follows a deadly assault in December perpetrated by the militant Sunni organization Jaish al-Adl, which targeted a police station in Rask, a small city in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan Province, resulting in the deaths of 12 police officers.

Sistan-Baluchistan Province, marked by poverty and bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan, hosts a substantial Sunni population from the Baluch ethnic group. The community faces pressure from Iran’s Shiite clerical rulers and experiences frequent clashes between security forces and Sunni militants, as well as drug smugglers.

Jaish al-Adl, purportedly advocating for greater rights and improved living conditions for ethnic minority Baluchis, frequently asserts responsibility for such attacks. Over recent years, the group has launched multiple assaults on Iranian security forces in the province.

In July, Jaish al-Adl targeted a police station in Zahedan, the provincial capital, alleging its involvement in the September 30, 2022, massacre of approximately 90 civilians, known as Black Friday. The ensuing anti-government protests following Friday prayers led to confrontations with security forces, resulting in demonstrations in Zahedan and the subsequent arrest of hundreds by security forces.

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