Iran has carried out air strikes on a militia in Pakistan, Iranian state media write. The Pakistani authorities are outraged. They warn that the action could have “serious consequences”. Pakistan says two children were killed in the missile and drone attack.
It is unprecedented that Iran is targeting targets in Pakistan, a nuclear power, with drones and missiles, writes Reuters news agency.
Separatists in Balochistan
Based on Iranian reports, the Sunni militia Jaish al-Adl was targeted in Pakistan. This separatist movement is active in both Iran and Pakistan, in the border region of Balochistan. The militia has carried out attacks on Iranian security forces in the past.
A number of militia bases “were hit and destroyed by missiles and drones,” Iranian state media said. These messages were later taken offline, according to international news agencies. It is unclear why. In Iran, media are under regime control.
Initially, Pakistan would neither confirm nor refute the Iranian missile attack. But later in the evening, the foreign minister called the airstrike a gross violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty.
According to the statement, two children were killed and three girls were injured. There is no mention of damage or deaths on the part of the Jaish al-Adl militia. “Pakistan has always said that terrorism is a shared threat to all countries in the region that requires coordinated action.”
The minister has protested to the Iranian government. It is unclear whether Pakistan is considering further action.
Mossad attacked in Iraq
Iran has attacked more targets abroad in the past 24 hours. The attack in Iraq targeted a spy center of the Israeli secret service Mossad, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards said. Civilian casualties were also reported on the spot after this action.
Islamic State is said to have been the target in Syria. This terrorist group has recently claimed a major bomb attack in Iran. This attack was committed during the commemoration of General Soleimani, who was liquidated by the US in 2020. More than ninety people were killed in the bombing.
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