Rebel group Jaish-ul-Adl kidnaps five border guards from Iran before going into hiding in Pakistan.
Iran on Sunday denounced what it called Pakistan’s inability to secure its own borders after five Iranian soldiers were kidnapped and taken into its eastern neighbor by extremists.
“We are unhappy with the Pakistani government over the abduction of our guards and their transfer to Pakistan,” Fars news agency quoted police chief Esmail Ahmadi-Moghadam as saying.
Jaish-ul-Adl, a rebel group formed in 2012 whose name in Arabic means Army of Justice, has said it was behind the kidnapping in Iran’s restive southeast province of Sistan-Baluchestan. The group also posted pictures on its Facebook page, claiming they showed the soldiers, handcuffed and being held in an unknown location.
The foreign ministry in Tehran summoned Pakistan’s charge d’affaires, demanding that Islamabad “act firmly against the leaders and members of the terrorist group who have fled into Pakistan,” media reports said.
Home to a large Sunni minority and ethnic Baloch in a predominantly Shia country, Sistan-Baluchestan province has been the scene of unrest in recent years. Jaish-ul-Adl said in November it assassinated a local prosecutor, and in October it ambushed Iranian border guards, killing 14.
In response, Iranian authorities executed 16 “rebels”—eight insurgents and eight drug traffickers. Another Sunni militant group Jundallah (Soldiers of God), whose leader Abdolmalek Rigi was hanged in June 2010, has also attacked civilians and officials in Sistan-Baluchestan.