“The IRGC Ground Forces have submitted sufficient evidence to Foreign Ministry and Ministry of the Interior regarding the infiltration of bandits from inside Pakistan [to Iran],” IRGC Ground Forces’ second-in-command, Brigadier General Abdollah Araqi, said on Saturday.
Noting that the Islamic Republic will respond “legally and politically” to cross-border attacks, the general said, “We are trying to establish lasting security in [border] areas by fortifying borders, exercising further intelligence control and boosting our military capability.”
Araqi added that due to measures taken by the IRGC, police and the Intelligence Ministry, terrorist operations, which used to be carried out in more internal parts of the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan up to five years ago, are now carried out only in border areas.
He also criticized Iran’s eastern neighbors for failing to rein in terrorists who cross back borders into these countries after carrying out their attacks on Iran’s soil.
Three Iranian police officers were killed when they, along with other patrol police forces, came under a night attack by armed bandits while on a mission in the city of Saravan in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan on October 8.
Another police officer was killed after an explosives-laden car taken to the police station by terrorists went off hours after the first incident.
Iranian security forces have apprehended a number of perpetrators behind the recent killings.