Iranian forces and militants killed in clash near Pakistan

Iranian security forces have had to deal with the threat posed by Jaish al-Adl. (Reuters pic)

LONDON: Three Iranian security personnel and three militants were killed in a cross-border attack on the frontier with Pakistan on Monday, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said in a statement posted on state media.

The Guards said on Tuesday their ground forces killed a “terrorist group” as they were trying to enter Iran near Mirjaveh in Sistan and Baluchestan Province.

Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni militant group that has carried out several attacks on Iranian security forces in Sistan and Baluchestan Province, said on its Twitter account on Tuesday that they killed 11 Iranian personnel on Monday, wounding several others.

Jaish al-Adl said there were no casualties among their forces.

Sistan and Baluchestan Province in southeastern Iran has long been plagued by unrest from both drug smuggling gangs and separatist militants. The population of the province is predominantly Sunni Muslim; the majority of Iranians are Shi’ites.

Three Iranian security personnel were killed by militants in April.

Jaish al-Adl say they are fighting against discrimination.