0447 GMT April 20, 2019
The so-called Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group has released a video, claiming that Iranian border guards abducted by the group have made phone calls with their families after five months.
The terror group claimed that Iran’s government has not taken serious measure to secure the release of the kidnapped forces, ISNA reported.
However, the Commander of Iranian Border Guard Brigadier General Qasem Rezaei said on Sunday that “We are seriously following the return of border guards to the country”, stressing that the fate of the border guards is one the main concerns of the officials of Iran’s General Staff of the Armed Forces and the country’s border police.
Rezaei said that Pakistan’s Army has announced it has launched an operation to release the Iranian forces.
On October 15, the Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group infiltrated the country from the Pakistani side of the border and took hostage 12 border guards, local Basij forces, and the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) members.
The IRGC Ground Force’s Quds Base said on that day that the local Basij forces and the border regiment forces stationed at the border post in Mirjaveh region in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan had been abducted after “acts of treason and collusion” involving an element or elements of the anti-Revolution groups who had infiltrated the country.
On November 22, the IRGC said five of the abductees returned home after consultations and interaction with Pakistan.
Recently, the Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group in a suicide attack on Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) forces killed 27 people.
The IRGC personnel were traveling between the cities of Zahedan and Khash, in Sistan-Baluchestan Province in February, when their bus was targeted in a suicide car bomb attack.
The terrorist outfit was formed in 2012 by members of the Pakistan-based Jundallah, another terror group dismantled by Iranian intelligence forces in 2010 after its ringleader Abdolmalek Rigi was executed.
Iranian border guards have repeatedly come under attacks by terror outfits active on the Pakistani soil.
Tehran has frequently asked the two neighbors to step up security at the common border to prevent terrorist attacks on Iranian forces.