At least 20 Guard personnel killed in Iran bombing

Benny Gantz speaking to Israel Resilience activists

The bomber targeted a bus transporting personnel on the Khash-Zahedan road in Sistan-Baluchestan province, near the border with Pakistan.

Another 20 people were wounded in the attack, which Iranian state media blamed on the Al Qaeda-linked Sunni extremist group Jaish al-Adl.

Iran's foreign minister referenced a US-led summit on "peace and security" in the Middle East that kicked off in Warsaw on Wednesday in a tweet on the attack.

The IRGC's Qods Headquarters said in a statement that a explosive-laden auto rammed into the bus, which was taking the personnel back to their homes.

The statement does not give the exact number of the martyred soldiers and the injured.

In 2009, more than 40 people, including six Guard commanders, were killed in a suicide attack in Sistan-Baluchestan province.

In October, Jaish al-Adl claimed responsibility for kidnapping 10 Iranian security personnel.

A coordinated June 7, 2017 ISIS group assault targeted the Iranian parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution. In 2018, the Guards launched missiles at an Iranian Kurdish armed opposition group in northern Iraq.

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In December a suicide bombing in the port city of Chabahar, also in the province, killed two police officers and wounded 42 people.

The attack comes as Iranian officials have said they blame Saudi Arabia and the United States for stirring up dissent in the country.

The bombing comes on the day of a US -led conference in Warsaw, Poland that included discussions of what the United States described as Iran' "malign influence" across the wider Middle East. Trump withdrew the USA from the accord last May.

Amid the new tensions, Iran's already-weakened economy has been further challenged.

"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?"

"I believe it's dead on arrival or dead before arrival", he said at a news conference before the bombing.

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