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Official: Ten killed in missile raid, fired from Pakistan, on southeast Iran, Tehran demands explanation

At least ten non-Iranian nationals were killed in a missile attack, fired from Pakistani side, on a village in the southeastern Iranian province of Sistan and Baluchestan on Thursday.

An Iranian security official said several explosions were heard in different areas around the southeastern city of Saravan in Sistan and Baluchestan province, close to the border with Pakistan early on Thursday morning.

Deputy governor of the province Alireza Marhamati stated that ten non-Iranian nationals, including women and children, were killed in the strike.

An informed source said Iran has demanded Pakistan’s “immediate explanation” about the incident.

In a press release on Thursday, Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry confirmed that the country undertook “a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military strikes against terrorist hideouts” in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchestan province.

“This morning’s action was taken in light of credible intelligence of impending large-scale terrorist activities,” it added.

The ministry reiterated Pakistan’s full respect for Iran’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and said, “We have always emphasized dialogue and cooperation in confronting common challenges including the menace of terrorism and will continue to endeavor to find joint solutions.”

It emphasized that the action showed Pakistan’s “unflinching resolve to protect and defend its national security against all threats” and vowed to continue to take all necessary steps to preserve the safety and security of the country’s people.

The blasts occurred after Iran on Tuesday carried out simultaneous drone and missile attacks into two bases of the so-called Jaish al-Adl terrorist group in Pakistan adjacent to Iranian borders.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian stressed members of the terrorist group are Iranians who have taken shelter in Pakistan and that Tehran had repeatedly warned Islamabad to prevent their anti-Iran cross-border operations.

Jaish al-Adl, which was formed in 2012, has carried out several attacks on Iranian soil in recent years.

The group claimed responsibility for an attack in December on a police station in the southeastern city of Rask that killed at least 11 Iranian police officers.

On January 10, another attack by the group on a police station in the city killed a policeman.

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