President calls for immediate action on Friday terrorist attack

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani in a decree issued Saturday afternoon ordered Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli to take a series of actions in the aftermath of this morning's terrorist attack which resulted in the death of 14 Iranian border guards.

In his message, President Rouhani extended his condolences to the nation, the law enforcement force's border guards unit and the bereaved families of the 14 slain border guards.

President Rouhani, who chairs the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), stressed that his "government is strongly determined to encounter concerted outlawed activities in a bid to protect the borders of the Islamic homeland".

"Hence, I ask the respectable interior minister to immediately set up a special committee in cooperation with the law enforcement police to deal with this development and confront such outlawed activities and inform me of the results very rapidly," he said.

The President also necessitated the foreign minister to take the necessary measures in line with the implementation of Iran's security agreements with Pakistan and inform him of the results immediately.

14 Iranian border guards were killed and 6 more were injured during the terrorist attack in Saravan border region in Southeastern Iran in the early hours of Saturday morning. The terrorists who have reportedly been members of the outlawed Jeish Al-Adl radical Sunni Wahhabi movement fled into Pakistan after the operation in Iran's Southeastern Sistan and Balouchestan province.

Earlier today, Commander of Iran's Border Guard Force General Hossein Zolfaqari confirmed the death of the 14 border guards, saying, "Eight brave border guards have been martyred in clashes with the outlaws early this morning. Six other border guards were also wounded and died of injuries later."

There has yet been no information about any casualty on the side of the outlaws.

An armed group named Jeish Al-Adl has claimed responsibility for the attack.


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