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Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan

09 May 2017

On Monday, The head of the Iranian armed forces, Major General Mohammad Baqeri warned Islamabad that Iran would not hesitate to strike terrorists' safe havens in Pakistan if the government does not resist militants who carry out cross-border attacks.

Iranian state TV quoted the army's chief-of-staff, Gen Mohammad Hossein Bagheri, as saying that Iranian soldiers will attack "terrorists wherever they are", suggesting they could cross into Pakistan to target militants there.

Ten Iranian border guards were killed by militants in April, Iran stressed government to take action against the Sunni militants, who shot guards by long-range guns from inside the territories of Pakistan.

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Pakistan, in return, promised that it would deploy additional troops along its border.

The Iranian leader said that the country can no longer accept the dismal conditions along the country's border, which has been plagued by separatist militants. The report comes after an attack claimed by the Sunni militant group Jaish-ul-Adl killed 10 soldiers in April.

Jaish al Adl is a Sunni militant group in Pakistan which carries out attacks against Iranian security forces with the aim of highlighting what they say is discrimination against minority Sunni Muslims in Iran, where the majority are Shi'ites.

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Iran will leave no part of Saudi Arabia untouched except holy Mu-slim sites if Riyadh "does anything ignorant", Iran's defence minister was quoted as saying after a Saudi prince threatened to move the "battle" to Iran.

He pointed to the recent terrorist crime against Iranian border guards serving on the country's southeastern frontier near the town of Mirjaveh and added that the incident was not expected considering the cordial relations between the two countries.

Pakistan said at the time that such action would be a violation of worldwide law and warned Iranian forces not to cross the border. "Enemies are trying to damage the country's security using all available tools", he said.

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Iran warns will hit militant 'safe havens' inside Pakistan