Pakistan releases Iranian Guards

Pakistani authorities on Tuesday released 11 Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a day earlier for trespassing into Pakistani territory, officials said.

Pakistan releases Iranian Guards

Pakistani authorities on Tuesday released 11 Iranian Revolutionary Guards detained a day earlier for trespassing into Pakistani territory, officials said.

The guards were arrested in the Mashkhel area on the border with Iran eight days after a suicide bomber killed 42 people, including six Revolutionary Guard commanders, in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchestan province.

A group, Jundollah (God's soldiers), claimed responsibility for that blast and Iran said the group operated from Pakistan.

On Tuesday last week, a senior Revolutionary Guards commander said his force should be given permission to confront terrorists inside Pakistan, state media reported.

Officials said the 11 Iranians Guards arrested on Monday had accidentally strayed in Pakistan territory. Iranian state television they were arrested while pursuing suspected fuel smugglers.

"The guards were handed over to the Iranian authorities because it's found that they crossed into Pakistan mistakenly," said a spokesman for Pakistan's Frontier Corps paramilitary force.

Iran also accuses the United States and Britain of backing Jundollah.

Iran's top authority said the perpetrators of recent attacks in the region aimed to sow discord among Muslims and were linked to foreign countries.

"Bloody acts in some Islamic countries, including Iraq, Pakistan and some parts of our country, are aimed at creating divisions among Muslims, Sunnis and Shi'ites," state television quoted Khamenei as saying.

"Therefore unity among Muslims is very important," he said.


Reuters

Güncelleme Tarihi: 27 Ekim 2009, 14:56
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