16 people executed in response to Iran border attack

Saturday 26 October 2013 22.54
16 executed in response to Iran border attack

16 people have been executed by the Iranian government in what they say is a response to an incident in which 14 border guards were killed on the Pakistan border.

Iranian media reported earlier today on the attack in the southeastern frontier in which 14 border guards were killed and three others captured.

In response, the Iranian judiciary executed 16 people it said were elements of "terrorist" groups, according to the ISNAnews agency.

There were no further details of who they were or whether or when they had been tried.

"These individuals were executed this Saturday morning in response to the terrorist action of last evening at (provincial capital) Saravan and the martyrdom of the border guards," Zahedan public prosecutor Mohammad Marzieh said, according to ISNA.

The reports gave no details on the identity of the gunmen who had killed the border guards, but the area has a history of unrest, with the mainly Sunni Muslim population complaining of discrimination by Iran's Shia Muslim authorities.

Sunni Muslim militant group Jundollah, which Iran says is linked to al Qaeda, has claimed a number of attacks and kidnappings since 2003, including a 2010 suicide bombing that killed dozens of people at a Shia mosque.

Iranian media quoted officials as saying "bandits" attacked an official post near the Pakistani border on Friday evening.            

"We want Pakistani officials to take steps regarding more serious and stronger control of their borders than in the past," Deputy Interior Minister Ali Abdollahi told ISNA.

Mr Abdollahi said 14 border guards were killed, six wounded, and three were seized by the attackers.

He said Iran was working to free the captured guards.

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