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Pakistan Strikes Iran in Response to Tuesday Attack

A Pakistan Air Force F-16. Reuters
A Pakistan Air Force F-16. Reuters

Early Thursday, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that their air force carried out retaliatory strikes against targets in Iran.

The actions were said to be in retaliation for a fatal rocket and drone attack in the country’s Baluchistan province on Tuesday that reportedly killed two children and injured others.

A government spokesperson released a statement describing the incident as “a series of highly coordinated and specifically targeted precision military strikes” in Iran’s Sistan and Baluchistan province, that resulted in a “number of terrorists” killed.

The state controlled Tasmin News Agency in Iran quoted an unnamed official who said that “an immediate explanation” regarding the matter is required from Pakistan.

On Wednesday, government officials in Karachi warned the Iranian ambassador of “serious consequences” as a result of the previous day’s deadly incursion. Iran claimed that they were targeting infrastructure belonging to the separatist group Jaish al-Adl.

The organization targeted by Iran seeks an independent Sunni state in the ethnic Baluch areas of Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. They have been conducting a minor insurgency in the region for many years.

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