Pakistan has been firing missiles at neighboring Iran. Earlier on Tuesday, Iran struck Pakistani targets.
Following an Iranian airstrike along the Pakistani border, Pakistan attacked targets in Iran. Pakistan's Foreign Ministry announced in Islamabad on Thursday that several military strikes had been carried out on terrorist hideouts in Sistan and Balochistan provinces. “Many terrorists were killed.” These attacks served Pakistan's national interest. The sovereignty and territorial integrity of “brother country” Iran is respected.
A Pakistani intelligence official had earlier spoken of attacks against “anti-Pakistani militant groups” in the neighboring country. Iranian state media reported that the explosions occurred around the city of Saravan in the southeast of the country, which borders Pakistan. Three non-Iranian women and four children were killed.
Pakistan accuses Iran of killing two children
Pakistan on Wednesday accused Iran of killing two children in an airstrike along its border. In response to the attack on the restive Balochistan province, the government in Islamabad vowed to retaliate by recalling its ambassador to Tehran. Iran spoke of an attack against the Sunni jihadist group Jaish al-Adl, not against Pakistanis. Tehran said the terrorist sites were linked to Israel.
After Thursday's airstrike, Pakistan's foreign ministry insisted it was “taking all necessary steps for the safety of its own people”. Efforts will be made to “find common solutions with Iran in the fight against terrorism.”
The Sunni group Jaish al-Adl was founded in 2012 by former members of the radical Sunni movement. In recent years, the group has carried out several attacks in Iran, where it is classified as a terrorist organization. In December, the group claimed responsibility for an attack on police headquarters in the southeastern Iranian city of Rask that killed eleven people. (APA/AFP/Reuters)