Gunmen kill nine Pakistanis in Iran near border O Dia

Gunmen kill nine Pakistanis in Iran near border O Dia

President Ebrahim Raisi meets Pakistan's new ambassador, Muhammad Mudassir Tipu, in Tehran.IRANIAN PRESIDENTITY / AFP

Published on January 27, 2024 6:02 p.m

According to a news agency and Pakistani officials, gunmen killed nine Pakistanis (27) this Saturday in southeastern Iran, near the border with Pakistan, a week after the bombings between the neighboring countries.

“According to witnesses, gunmen killed nine nonIranians in a house near the city of Saravan” in SistanBaluchestan province, Iran's Mehr Agency reported.

So far, no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, said Mehr.

Iran and Pakistan frequently trade accusations about allowing rebel groups to operate across the border.

Pakistani Ambassador to Iran Muhamad Mudassir Tipu, who was received this Saturday by Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, said in a publication on X that he was “deeply shocked by the terrible murder of nine Pakistanis in Saravan.”

On January 16, Iran attacked a “terrorist” group on Pakistani territory with drone missiles. Pakistan responded with bombings against other insurgent groups in Iran.

According to authorities, eleven people were killed in the two attacks, most of them women and children.

They also triggered a brief diplomatic crisis in which Pakistan withdrew its ambassador from Tehran and announced that the Iranian ambassador, who was in his country, could not return to Islamabad.

However, on the 22nd, the two countries announced the resumption of relations.

The attacks sparked widespread concern in the international community, which is already nervous about tensions in the Middle East due to the war between the Islamist movement Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.