Pakistan Launches Retaliatory Airstrikes in Iran Targeting Militant Groups

Iran condemned the strikes and said nine foreign nationals were killed

Pakistan said Thursday that it carried out airstrikes targeting militants in Iran, which came after an Iranian attack on Pakistani soil.

Pakistani officials said the strikes targeted seven locations used by ethnic Baloch militant groups known as the Balochistan Liberation Army and Balochistan Liberation Front. Pakistani warplanes and drones hit targets about 30 miles inside Iran in the Sistan and Balochistan province.

Iran condemned the strikes and said the attack killed nine foreign nationals, three women, four children, and two men. The Iranian Foreign Ministry said it “condemns the unbalanced and unacceptable action of Pakistan in the drone attack on non-Iranian citizens in a village on the border wall of the two countries.”

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Map of Iran showing the Sistan and Balochistan province (Source: Voice of America)

Earlier in the week, Iran launched unprecedented missile strikes in Pakistan against Jaish al-Adl, a Sunni Muslim militant group that took credit for a December 15 terrorist attack against a police station in Rask, Iran, which killed four people.

Nuclear-armed Pakistan strongly condemned the Iranian strikes and said they killed two children. Both sides are calling on each other to do more to deal with the militant groups that operate along the Iran-Pakistan border.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry said it “expects the friendly and brotherly government of Pakistan to adhere to its commitments in preventing the establishment of bases and armed terrorist groups in Pakistan.”

Author: Dave DeCamp

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