Iran: Roadside bomb blows up bus carrying IRGC troops

BREAKING: At least 27 killed and 20 injured after a roadside bomb blows up a bus carrying personnel of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) in Iran’s southeastern Sistan and Baluchestan province on Wednesday, official IRNA news agency reported.

“A suicide bomb attack exploded the bus carrying the IRGC personnel in Chanali area on Khash-Zahedan road” in Sistan and Baluchestan province”, a source said.

“In the terrorist attack, at least 20 were killed and 20 others were injured”, the unnamed source was quoted as saying.

According to the Fars news agency, the Sunni militant group Jaish al Adl (Army of Justice)—which seeks greater rights and better living conditions for the ethnic minority Baluchis—claimed responsibility for the attack, which came on the day of a US-led conference in Warsaw that included discussions on Iran’s malign influence across the wider Mideast.

The province, which lies on a major opium trafficking route, has seen occasional clashes between Iranian forces and Baluch separatists, as well as drug traffickers.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif linked the roadside attack to the Mideast meeting in Warsaw in which around 80 countries are participating, but Iran was not invited.

Zarif tweeted Wednesday night: “Is it no coincidence that Iran is hit by terror on the very day that #WarsawCircus begins? Especially when cohorts of same terrorists cheer it from Warsaw streets & support it with twitter bots?”