Attack in Iran

The BBC is reporting that several members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard have been killed in a suicide attack on a meeting with tribal leaders. The targets appear to have been senior officers:

The deputy commander of the Guard’s ground force, General Noor Ali Shooshtari, and the Guard’s chief provincial commander, Rajab Ali Mohammadzadeh, were among the dead, Irna state news agency reported.

The attack took place in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan and the Iranians seem to be blaming it on Sunni militant group Jundallah which has a track record for attacking IRG targets.

This is not the first time a suicide attack has been used in Iran. In December 2008 a VBIED was used to attack a security base in Saravan, killing four and wounding 12.

There was also a purported attack in May 2008, at a mosque in Zahedan, capital of Sistan-Baluchistan. At the time, I have to admit I was skeptical, wondering if it was staged as a pretext for cracking down on opposition figures, but with hindsight perhaps not. Iran might be facing the development of a suicide attack campaign.

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