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Unidentified assailants shot dead nine foreigners in southeastern Iran near the border with Pakistan on Saturday, Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported. The Haalvash group, which advocates for the rights of the Baloch ethnic group, said the victims were Pakistani workers. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack in Sarawan in Sistan-Baluchistan province.

As Iran’s semi-official Mehr news agency reported, unidentified assailants shot dead nine foreigners on Saturday in the southeastern part of the country, near the border with Pakistan. No one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack in Sistan-Baluchistan province.

The Haalvash group, which advocates for the rights of the Baloch ethnic group, said on its website that the victims were Pakistani workers who lived in the car repair shop where they worked. Three people were injured in the attack.

“We are deeply shocked by the horrific murder of nine Pakistanis in Sarawan. The embassy will provide full support to the bereaved families,” said Muhammad Mudassir Tipi, Pakistan’s ambassador to Tehran, on the X platform. “We called on Iran for full cooperation in this matter,” he added.

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Tension in relations between Iran and Pakistan

The armed attack took place shortly after tensions between the two countries Iran and Pakistan. The troops of both countries fired on their neighbor’s territory last week, saying it was an action aimed at two Baloch groups with similar separatist goals on both sides of the Iran-Pakistan border. Several people died in the attacks.

Read also: Reuters: Pakistan army put on ‘extreme’ alert

Iran and Pakistan accuse each other of providing groups with safe haven on their territories. The authorities of both countries published harsh messages after the shelling and recalled their ambassadors, but soon reinstated them to their duties.

Pakistan ArmyCaren Firouz / Reuters / Forum

The impoverished but resource-rich region has long been the scene of minor clashes between security forces and separatist fighters and smugglers transporting opium from Afghanistan and exporting fuel from Iran – writes Reuters.

The Baloch are an ethnic minority living in Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan. They demand greater autonomy and, over time, full independence. Unlike most Iranian citizens, the Baloch most often follow the Sunni version of Islam.

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